Copa America 2021 has just completed its group stage. In the final match of group A, Uruguay finally finishes on the second in the standings after beating Paraguay 1-0. Manchester United forward Edison Cavani buried the ball through a penalty. Such results simply put their contender, Paraguay down to the third and Chile on the fourth. Meanwhile, Lionel Messi netted a brace while trashing Bolivia 4-1. The remaining two goals were scored by Papu Gomez and Lautaro Martinez while Bolivia responded once through Edwin Saveedra. Messi’s brace lifts up his name as the current leading top scorer with three goals in Copa America 2021, which is quite equal at some point with his long lasting rival, Cristiano Ronaldo who also becomes the leading top scorer in EURO 2020 now but with more goals, five. The good news is Messi can still add up his tally while CR7 can not as Portugal has been eliminated in the round of 16. Furthermore, the Barcelona skipper has broken a record for Argentina all-time caps with 148 appearances. He is also the leading all time top scorer in Albiceleste with 73 goals.
Uruguay vs Paraguay 1-0
Goals: Edison Cavani (21 p)
Uruguay: Fernando Muslera – Diego Godin (Sebastian Coates 46), Jose Gimenez, Mathias Vina – Nahitan Nandez, Mathias Vecino (Martin Caceres 57), Federico Valverde (Lucas Torreira 76), Rodrigo Bentacur, G de Arrascaeta (F Torres 67) – Edison Cavani (Luis Suarez 68), N De La Cruz
Paraguay: A Silva – A Espinola (C Gonzalez 57), Junior Alonso, Omar Aldrete, R Rojas – A Romero Gaston Gimenez (Ricardo Sanchez 74), M Villasanti, Samu (A Cubas 73) – G Avalos (H Martinez 57), Miguel Almiron (O Romero 33)
Now, all four teams from each group have secured the eight places in the quarter final. If all goes well, two finalists in the 2019 edition, the host Brasil and Peru will be meeting at the semifinals. Yet, the entire fans of Copa America and South American football in general are hoping for the ideal final Brasil against their archrival Argentina, instead of at the semi final in the previous edition. Such should be possible regarding the route at the knock out stage. Here are the games at the quarter final.
2nd July 2021: Brasil vs Chile (Rio de Janeiro (Nillton Santos)) A1
2nd July 2021: Peru vs Paraguay (Goaina) A2
3rd July 2021: Argentina vs Ekuador (Goaina) A3
3rd July 2021: Uruguay vs Colombia (Brasilia) A4
5th July 2021: Winner A1 vs Winner A2 (Rio de Janeiro (Nilton Santos))
6th July 2021: Winner A3 vs Winner A4 (Brasilia)
9th July 2021: Third place play off (Brasilia)
10th July 2021: Final (Rio de Janeiro (Maracana))