Holders vs Host, forward vs defence, flamboyant vs grinder, etc. there have been many such superlatives used for this fixture. Jorge Sampaoli’s men have shipped ten goals already, whereas Oscar Tabarez’ men have mustered a measly two. This match will pick off where the group stage ended, Chile will keep pouring at the attacking half, and Diego Godin will marshal the Uruguayan defence. Unless Edinson Cavani gets on the scoresheet for Uruguay, Chile will surely win.
2. Bolivia vs Peru
Bolivia’s record in the Copa America so far:-
- Lowest shots (18),
- Lowest average possession (34.7%)
- Lowest average pass accuracy (66.5%)
And we also mention the 5-0 drubbing they received at the hands of Chile, this is where it ends for Bolivia. On the other hand, Peru, although considered underdogs before the group stages, have done very well in the tournament. They almost gave a scare to Brazil in their opening match, and made the best out of the remaining 2 matches in their group. Claudio Pizarro, Peru’s captain and veteran frontman, would love to lead his side to consecutive Copa semifinals.
3. Argentina vs Colombia
Maybe this match is going to happen one round sooner, but we cannot help it, this one seems the best on paper so far. The Argentine trio of Tevez-Messi-Agüero is going up against Falcao-Rodriguez-Martinez. Although both teams have struggled to score during the group stages, fans are looking forward to a free-flowing game. Pablo Zabaleta is out with a suspension, the only worry for Gerardo Martino, who has a squad full of gifted players. Jose Pekerman knows this Argentina side well, being their former coach, and put out his best Colombian starting eleven.
4. Brazil vs Paraguay
A repeat quarterfinal fixture from the 2011 Copa America, Brazil will be looking to avoid the outcome of the previous tournament’s match, where they lost to Paraguay in a penalty shootout. Paraguay enter the knockout rounds whilst remaining undefeated during the group stages. Their strikers have also performed well, whereas Brazil are missing their talismanic forward Neymar. While the Brazilians did well against Venezuela, all due respect it was only Venezuela, and the entire match was played in their half. Paraguay will be no pushovers, with strong centre and experienced centre forwards.