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To watch the 2019 Copa America, sign up for ESPN+ ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno says Brazil came together and proved that they were the best team at the Copa America despite Neymar's absence. One of the great things about football is that every game unfolds in a different way. The same two teams can meet each other twice and produce different narratives. Thankfully for the final of the 2019 Copa America, the second meeting between Brazil and Peru proved very different from the first. In the group game in Sao Paulo, Brazil steamrolled their way to a 5-0 victory. Little more than two weeks later, and a 45-minute flight away in Rio de Janeiro, they had things much harder, with the outcome...
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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazilian crowds don't usually do collective sighs of relief. Not at the Maracana, not on the pitch once trod by the likes of Zico, Pele and Garrincha and not in a Copa America against a Peru side they whupped 5-0 less than two weeks ago. But if they did, it would have come around the 90th minute when substitute Richarlison smacked his penalty past goalkeeper Pedro Gallese to seal a 3-1 win. No more miracles. No more twists of fate. No more worrying about being a...
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Shaka Hislop and Gab Marcotti look ahead to Sunday's Copa America final between Brazil and Peru in Rio de Janeiro. The Toe Poke Daily is here every day to bring you all the weirdest stories, quirkiest viral content and top trolling that the internet has to offer, all in one place. The sun hadn't even come out yet on May 17 when Kent Samaio and Henry Urrunaga Diaz -- both 31 years of age -- woke up, packed their bags and said goodbye to the ones that woke up to see them. It was almost 4:00 a.m. when they closed the car's doors and went on a quest: to cross South America on their way to Brazil. The goal was...
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Gab Marcotti says that despite improvement by Argentina, Brazil were "a challenge too far for them" in their 2-0 victory at the Estadio Mineirao. Brazil and Peru will do battle on Sunday to be crowned kings of South America, as they meet in the Copa America final (stream it at 4:00 p.m. ET on ESPN+). Ahead of their contest, Gabriele Marcotti looks at how the pair got this far and how they'll match up at the Maracana. The Backstory Brazil went into the Copa America as heavy favourites despite the loss of Neymar to injury before the tournament, and that hasn't really changed. Coach Tite has restored pride and enthusiasm to the Green...
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To watch the 2019 Copa America, sign up for ESPN+. In March, after Peru beat Paraguay and lost to El Salvador, coach Ricardo Gareca mused that his team "are capable of playing anyone on equal terms. But any other team can do the same to us and can beat us." The Copa America has provided plenty of evidence that he was correct. In its first four games, Peru found the target in only one. Moreover, in its previous two matches, it did not remotely threaten to score a goal. Did such a team have any right to be taking part in a semifinal? Straight out...
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Gab Marcotti reports from Copacabana on the pressure facing Brazil and Argentina, as both have stumbled to the Copa America semifinals. The FC crew share their keys for Brazil and Argentina as both sides search for consistency heading into their Copa America semifinal. Steve Nicol says three or four years of playing without a break is catching up with most of Brazil as they underwhelm at Copa America. Alejandro Moreno says Argentina once again played flat, and a more fundamentally sound Venezuelan team could have taken advantage. RIO DE JANEIRO -- The Gods of Football gifted us two bona fide rivalries in the Copa America semifinals. Headlining is Brazil vs. Argentina (Tuesday, 8:30 p.m. ET; ESPN+), the "SuperClasico de las Americas" and, in terms of pedigree, one of the few international matchups that lives up to the hype, usually in terms of quality and almost always in terms of incident. But the "Pacific derby" -- Chile vs. Peru (Wednesday, 8:30 p.m. ET; ESPN+) -- is an intriguing understudy, rich in a rivalry that often...
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To watch the 2019 Copa America, sign up for ESPN+. ESPN FC's Steve Nicol and Janusz Michallik were left underwhelmed by Uruguay's inability to take advantage of their chances in their defeat to Peru. A week ago Peru had just been mauled 5-0 by Brazil -- and they faced an anxious wait, depending on results in other groups to find out whether or not they had made it through to the last eight of the Copa America. Seven days later, extraordinarily, they are in the last four. Last Saturday their keeper Pedro Gallese was the villain, after a dismal display against Brazil. He is now the hero. His save from Luis Suarez was the decisive moment in the penalty shootout, eliminating Uruguay and sending...
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The ESPN FC crew look ahead to Argentina's matchup with Venezuela and question if Messi and company can leave their group stage struggles behind them. Check out the best goals so far at the 2019 Copa America. Watch the knockout rounds live and on-demand by signing up for ESPN+. We are down to the final eight teams in the Copa America. Guest nations Japan and Qatar have gone home but we're left with the giants of South American football, including Argentina, Uruguay and hosts Brazil, in addition to Venezuela and Paraguay. Here is the lowdown on each of the four quarterfinal clashes (all live on ESPN+). Jump to: Brazil vs. Paraguay | Argentina vs. Venezuela | Colombia vs. Chile | Uruguay vs. Peru Brazil vs. Paraguay WHERE: Gremio Arena, Porto Alegre WHEN: Thursday,...
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Check out the best goals so far at the 2019 Copa America. Watch the knockout rounds live and on-demand by signing up for ESPN+. The ESPN FC crew look ahead to Argentina's matchup with Venezuela and question if Messi and company can leave their group stage struggles behind them. Make way for the real stuff: The phony war of the Copa America group phase is over. Of the 12 sides, just four go home. Guests Japan and Qatar can make the long journey feeling relatively good about themselves. Japan came with a very young, inexperienced squad and produced some flair. Qatar, with the team crowned Asian champions, showed some interesting tactical concepts and picked up valuable experience on the way to hosting the next World Cup. Bolivia and Ecuador make the shorter journey in some...
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Brazil will host the Copa America for the first time in 30 years, with a tournament that is full of drama. Chile will look to defend back-to-back crowns, the Selecao will seek redemption on home soil, and Lionel Messi returns to Argentina for another chance at silverware with the senior national team. ESPN FC's Tim Vickery spells out the biggest storylines of the tournament and assesses all 12 teams taking part in this summer's Copa America, with all matches streaming live in the U.S. on ESPN+. Jump...
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