The two teams, the defending champion Brazil, and the Argentine, the two favorites to win the Continental Cup, begin serious tests in the Copa America finals in football, when they play the quarter-finals, against Chile and Ecuador, respectively, after completing the group stage perfectly.
The two ancient teams topped their groups with 10 points each, from three victories and one draw, and a fiery confrontation awaits them in the quarter-finals.
Brazil, the defending champion, and host of the current edition at the last minute, after the two hosts were excluded, Colombia due to political problems in the country, and Argentina due to the spread of the “Covid 19” virus, will collide with Chile, the champion of the 2015 and 2016 editions, and the fourth in the last edition.
Chile enters the match, taking advantage of a week of rest, as it was exempted from playing the last fifth round of the group stage, because each group includes five teams, while Brazil played the last round, when it fell into the trap of a 1-1 draw against Ecuador, in the absence of its star Neymar, who preferred his coach. Titi did not include him, for fear of receiving a warning that would deprive him of the quarter-finals.
Neymar, 29, is looking for his first title with the Brazilian national team in the Copa America, after he missed the last edition, which crowned his title, due to injury.
Neymar, crowned with Brazil in the Confederations Cup in 2013, and the gold medal in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016, sets the record for the number of international goals, which is in the possession of “King” Pele with 77 goals, with only nine goals separated from him, after he scored a double in the current version.
And Brazil hit hard in the current version, as it started with a big 3-0 victory over Venezuela in the opening match, followed by the last sweeper against Peru with a clean four, before turning the table on Colombia 2-1 in the third round, then a draw with Ecuador, in the absence of its most prominent stars. .
Brazil is seeking to exploit the shaky morale of the Chilean players, who narrowly booked their ticket to the quarter-finals, after they finished the group stage in fourth place for the first group, with one win, and it was in the second round at the expense of Bolivia with a difficulty of 1-0, compared to two draws and one loss.
The situation is not different in the second confrontation between Argentina, the first group leader, and Ecuador, the second fourth, which passed the first round without achieving any victory (three draws and a loss).
Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni, who will face his compatriot Gustavo Alfaro, coach of Ecuador, warned his players, saying, “Argentina is mentally ready to face everyone. We have great respect for the Ecuador team, which has proven to be a good team, with fighting players.”
Scaloni is counting on captain Lionel Messi, whose contract with Barcelona has expired, who showed his height in the current version, by scoring three goals, including a double against Bolivia in the last round of the group stage, in his 148th international match, in a national record. It has the number of his former teammate in the Catalan club, Javier Mascherano.
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