With a third Quarter Final exit in four tournaments, Brazil have had to swallow yet another bitter pill. Their exit this competition around proves more hurtful, as glaring problems often outweigh the handful of positives, under new coach Dunga. Following harrowing defeats to Germany and Netherlands on home soil, Brazilian football’s governing body, proceeded to make rapid and sweeping changes. Former World Cup Winning coach Luis Philipe Scolari was shown the door, and former World Cup Winner Dunga, was restored at the helm of the the Selecao. However, Brazil’s loss should not be analysed in isolation, as it is developed by a context that has long been brewing since Dunga’s take-over. Paraguay’s defeat exposed the flaws in the Selecao setup, that are more systemic, than symptomatic. Brazil need a change in temperament, and not just Tactics Their first game exposed their initial chinks, as an over-dependance or Neymar was obvious from the first whistle. Attacking players would get into promising positions, yet waited for the Barcelona winger […]

Argentina vs Colombia: Team, Tactics & Predictions

Argentina vs Colombia Estadio Sausalito 26th June 2015, 11:30 PM GMT The two strongest south american teams face each other in a do or die game to enter the Copa America 2015 Semi-final round. With Messi on one side and Rodriguez on the other, we could witness some El Clasico rivalry among the general competition on this great clash. With Peru inking Bolivia on one side and Chile stealing a victory over Uruguay, one side of the semi final clash has been set up. However for the other side, heavy weights Argentina and Colombia will fight it out to see who will face the victors of the next game between Brazil and Paraguay for a coveted semi-final spot.   Team news and Tactics Argentina Argentina’s attack has been poor this competition scoring only four goals even with the likes of Messi, Di Maria, Tevez and Aguero. The team has scored only 4 in their 3 group stage games. However with a reputation […]

Mexico became the first team to be eliminated from the Copa America on Friday after suffering a 2-1 defeat to Ecuador in Group A. Miller Bolanos and West Ham’s Enner Valencia struck either side of half-time for Gustavo Quinteros’ side, before Raul Jimenez cut the deficit from the spot. Mexico are now the first team to be eliminated from the competition, with them bottom of Group A, while Ecuador will be hoping for an unlikely set of results to put them through as one of the best third-placed outfits. Ecuador dominated proceedings from the off against a lacklustre Mexico side, who had drawn both of their previous two games against hosts Chile and Bolivia. The Ecuadorians, who lost their opening two games, knew they needed a win to have any chance of progressing and they played like it as they scrapped for everything. Bolanos had the first meaningful chance in the second minute as he wormed his way into space […]

Hosts Chile shrugged off Arturo Vidal’s drunken-driving controversy to power into the quarter-finals of the Copa America on Friday with a 5-0 thrashing of Bolivia. Two goals for Charles Aranguiz, one each for Alexis Sanchez and Gary Medel and an own goal from Ronald Raldes put Chile’s campaign back on track after Vidal’s arrest following a high-speed crash threatened to derail their tournament.The win ensured Chile finished top of Group A and gives them a last eight meeting next Wednesday against one of the two best third-placed teams, most likely either Uruguay or Paraguay. Bolivia, who had been guaranteed a place in the knockout rounds for the first time in 18 years after Ecuador defeated Mexico in Friday’s early game, were never in contention against La Roja. The Chileans swept into an early lead after only three minutes with a well-worked goal from Aranguiz. Inter Milan defender Medel pumped a long ball forward, and Eduardo Vargas knocked down into the […]

MEXICO v ECUADOR Estadio El Teniente, Rancagua Saturday 19th June, 2015, 1:30am GMT  *** Mexico gained plenty of plaudits for their performance in earning a thrilling 3-3 draw with hosts Chile on Monday, but victory is now all that matters for Miguel Herrera’s men entering their final Copa America group match. After an insipid opening goalless draw with Bolivia, Mexico produced a vivacious display to twice take the lead against one of the favorites to take the trophy before coming from behind to salvage a well-deserved point. But it still leaves El Tri realistically needing a victory against Ecuador on Friday in order to at least be sure of going onto the quarterfinals as one of the best third-placed teams. Both teams have failed to impress in the early stages of the competition, with Mexico having been held to two draws and Ecuador losing back-to-back games.Only a win would be good enough to see third-placed Mexico in with a chance of […]

Peru beat 10-man Venezuela 1-0 in Valparaiso to throw Copa America Group C wide open. A second-half goal by Bayern Munich star Claudio Pizarro fired Peru to a 1-0 victory over 10-man Venezuela on Thursday as “The Incas” bounced back from their agonizing opening defeat to Brazil.Pizarro shot high into the roof of the net on 72 minutes after midfielder Christian Cueva burst into the box to set up the Bundesliga-based striker and settle a hardfought contest. Venezuela, who shocked Colombia 1-0 in their opening game, were always struggling to keep the Peruvians in check following the first-half dismissal of Fernando Amorebieta for a wild stamp on Paolo Guerrero.Victory was sweet for Peru, who conceded a goal in injury time in their cruel 2-1 defeat to Brazil on Sunday to lose their opening game in Group C. Thursday’s victory leaves the race for quarter-final places from the group wide open, with all four teams locked on three points heading into […]

Paraguay defeated Jamaica 1-0 Tuesday in a lackluster Group B match at the Copa América, giving the South Americans four points from their first two matches. Paraguay took a giant step towards the quarter-finals of the Copa America Tuesday after a freak goal from Mexico-based striker Edgar Benitez handed them a 1-0 win over Jamaica.The South Americans, who grabbed a dramatic 2-2 draw with tournament favourites Argentina in their opening game, moved to the top of Group B with four points heading into the final round of group games. The game’s only goal came on 36 minutes, when a long ball forward from midfielder Victor Caceres forced a catastrophic howler from Jamaica goalkeeper Duwayne Kerr, who plays for Norwegian club side Sarpsborg 08.Kerr, standing several yards outside the penalty box, miscued a headed clearance straight into the body of the advancing Benitez. The ball cannoned off Benitez’s legs and looped up and over the stranded Kerr before rolling into the […]