Eight teams have qualified for the Copa America 2021 quarterfinals, with the competition's first knockout round set to begin on July 2nd. Two of the tournament's favorites, Argentina and Brazil finished top in their respective groups. Messi’s Argentina will face Ecuador, while Neymar’s Brazil will face Chili in the quarterfinals. With a relatively easy quarter-final opponent, they will most certainly proceed to the semi-finals. The matchups between Uruguay and Colombia, as well as Peru and Paraguay, are expected to be the most exciting in the quarter-finals. In this article, we discussed who can qualify for the Copa America 2021 semi-finals?
Who are the Front-Runners in the Race to the Semifinals?
1st Quarter-Final (Peru vs. Paraguay)
Venue: Goiania | Date: July 3 | Time (BST): 3 am
Verdict: Paraguay 2-1 Peru
Paraguay finished third in Group A with 6 points. The Paraguayan national team has shown a lot of promise in this tournament. They overcame Bolivia and Chili but lost to Argentina and Uruguay by a solitary goal in both matches. On the other hand, Peru placed second in Group B with 7 points. They were thrashed 4-0 by Brazil but came out on top 2-1 against Colombia. Based on the present form, Paraguay will start the match as a favorite.
Paraguay’s probable starting XI
Antony Silva (GK), Robert Rojas, Júnior Alonso, Alberto Espinola, Omar Alderete, BraianSamudio, GastónGiménez, Mathias Villasanti, Gabriel Ávalos, Ángel Romero, and Alejandro Romero.
Peru’s probable starting XI
Pedro Gallese (GK), Aldo Corzo, Miguel Araujo, Miguel Trauco, Renato Tapia, Luis Abram, YoshimarYotún, André Carrillo, Christian Cueva, Sergio Peña, Luis Iberico.
2nd Quarter-Final (Brazil vs. Chili)
Venue: Rio de Janerio | Date: July 3 | Time (BST): 6 am
Verdict: Brazil 3-1 Chili
The defending Copa America champion Brazil are the clear favorite in this year's competition. In the quarterfinals, they'll face Chili, who haven't quite found their groove yet. So, Brazil will start the contest as the favorite.
Brazil’s probable starting XI
EdersonMoraes (GK), Thiago Silva, Danilo, Marquinhos, Alex Sandro, Everton, Casemiro, Richarlison, Fred, Gabriel Jesús and Neymar.
Chili’s probable starting XI
Claudio Bravo (GK), Mauricio Isla, Francisco Sierralta, Gary Medel, Eugenio Mena, Arturo Vidal, TomásAlarcón, Charles Aránguiz, Ben Brereton Díaz, César Pinares, Eduardo Vargas.
3rd Quarter-Final (Uruguay vs. Colombia)
Venue: Brasilia | Date: July 4 | Time (BST): 4 am
Verdict:Uruguay 3-2 Colombia (Extra Time)
Uruguay have rediscovered their rhythm in their last two group stage matches, finishing second in Group A. They will face Colombia in the quarterfinal. Colombia finished the third spot in Group B and will go all-out against Uruguay. We can expect an exciting battle between these two teams.
Uruguay’s probable starting XI
Muoz (GK), Diego Godin, Caceres, Ronald Araujo, Damian Suarez, Lucas Torreira, Stuani, Nandez, Bentancur, Cavani, Suarez
Colombia’s probable starting XI
Ospina (GK), Tesillo, Mina, Medina, D Sanchez, Cuadrado, James, Uribe, Falcao, James Rodriguez, Martinez
4th Quarter-Final (Argentina vs. Ecuador)
Venue: Goiania | Date: July 4 | Time (BST): 7 am
Verdict: Argentina 2-0 Ecuador
Argentina played well in their final group stage match against Bolivia, winning by a large margin. So, we can expect a much more confident Argentine team to face Ecuador in the quarterfinal. Ecuador drew their final group stage encounter against Brazil, though Argentina will be the favorite to win this contest.
Argentina’s probable starting XI
Martinez (GK), Tagilafico, Romero, Molina, Pezzella, Rodríguez, Di María, Paredes, Lionel Messi, Gómez, Lautaro Martinez
Ecuador’s probable starting XI
Galindez (GK), Estupinan, E. Preciado, Hincapie, Arboleda, Palacios, Caicedo, Franco, Méndez, A. Preciado, Mena
After assessing the strengths of the teams, it is apparent that Brazil and Argentina are the two clear favorites to advance to the next knockout phase of the Copa America 2021. Meanwhile, Uruguay and Paraguay will have a little advantage over their opponents in the quarter-finals. Overall, we expect the top teams to advance to the semi-finals.