Copa America quarter-final
Argentina and Chile qualified for the Copa America quarterfinals on Monday, finishing first and second in Group A, respectively, following low-scoring matches that left the other two slots up for grabs.
Argentina won their second of three group games, defeating Paraguay 1-0 in Brasilia, with Alejandro "Papu" Gomez scoring the only goal of a lackluster encounter in the ninth minute.
With the triumph, Lionel Messi's La Albiceleste topped Group A with seven points, securing a spot in the match's second half, which will be played in empty stadiums in coronavirus-ravaged Brazil.
The match marked a personal milestone for Messi, who tied Javier Mascherano for the most video games played for Argentina — 147.
But it was not Messi's or his team's night, as they appeared to consign themselves to defending a strong, but ultimately futile, Paraguayan attack in the second half.
Chile drew 1-1 with Uruguay in the other match on Monday, finishing the day with 5 log factors.
Luis Suárez broke Uruguay's goal drought, which threatened to extend for a fifth consecutive game.
On Monday, the veteran striker's 66th-minute equalizer guided Uruguay to a 1-1 draw with Chile in the Copa America, the team's first point of the tournament.
As a result, Chile advances to the knockout stage of the tournament and the Uruguayans remain in Group A as rivals.
Chile’s Eduardo Vargas opened the scoring within the twenty sixth with a robust crossed shot from the proper, and Suárez levelled the rating from shut vary.
With 4 matches left to play in Group A, Paraguay has three factors, Uruguay one, and Bolivia zero, which means all of them nonetheless stand a theoretical probability to go to the quarter-finals.
Brazil has already certified from Group B.
Despite opposition from politicians and residents, Brazil agreed on the eleventh hour to host the world’s oldest worldwide match after South American soccer’s governing physique CONMEBOL took it from co-hosts Argentina, battling a pandemic surge, and Colombia the place dozens have died in anti-government protests.
The contest had already been delayed by a 12 months because of the pandemic and lots of gamers and coaches spoke out towards it going forward earlier than the match started.
The build-up to Monday’s Chile-Uruguay recreation had been overshadowed by controversy within the Chile camp after revelations the group had breached Covid-19 protocols by bringing an area hairdresser into the group lodge.
CONMEBOL mentioned it might high-quality these concerned $30,000.
However there was no signal of the controversy affecting their play, with Vargas firing Chile forward on 26 minutes from a decent angle after latching onto a intelligent cross from English-born Ben Brereton.
Uruguay grabbed a share of the factors within the second-half when Suarez bundled within the ball from shut vary throughout a tangle with former Barcelona team-mate Arturo Vidal on the far publish following a nook.
Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani virtually snatched victory for Uruguay within the eighty fifth minute, however his glancing header flashed simply huge of the publish.
Vargas’s first-half strike noticed him draw stage with Peru’s Paolo Guerrero on 14 targets within the Copa America’s all-time goalscoring rankings, three behind the file of 17 held by Brazil’s Zizinho and Argentina’s Norberto Mendez.