2019 Copa America – Brazil

The South American continental tournament started on Friday with Brazil dominating Bolivia 3-0. After a rough start and a disappointing first half of the game, Brazil elevated its game in the second act to score three goals for an easy win. Coutinho was first on the board and notched a brace in the game. 

Brazil will face Venezuela in the second match of the group, looking for another win to advance onto the quarterfinals.

Coach Tite was very happy about the performance:

The process is an evolution and growth of the team. The idea was to leave the attacker on the left side, Neres, open for an infiltration move. In the meantime, the change was in the positions. We brought an advanced player in creation. That’s when the team began to create.

“You have to understand that sometimes the construction (of the game) involves exchanging passes and moving forward. We have to create. It’s the game.”

Colombia send messages

The most anticipated match of the Copa America weekend was Argentina versus Colombia. Messi was back with his selection in hopes to finally win a trophy with his country after so many failures the past 5+ years. It did not start well at all with a logical defeat 2-0 over Colombia. 

Argentina already face a must-win situation for their next game against Paraguay. The Paraguayans were stunned by Qatar 2-2, leading 2-0 at the break. The Asian champions gave it all in the second half and get their first point. 

Cavani and Suarez in the forefront

The performance of the weekend was attributed to Uruguay. The Celeste exposed Ecuador and their defense for a dominating victory 4-0. The two strikers, Cavani and Suarez, each scored in the game. The quality of the forwards is one reason why Uruguay are one of the favorites to win it all. 

The striker from Barcelona shared his views on the tournament: Playing in the Maracaná the final would be incredible. A dream for all Uruguayans.” Indeed, the Maracaná is where Uruguay beat Brazil in the 1950 World Cup, a nightmare still for Brazil almost 70 years later.