It was only a few weeks before when Copa America 2015 started. But now the South American continental cup has reached the quarter finals stage with expectantly the best eight teams left.
It was a roller-coaster of a tournament already, and one might think what else is left. Well, a lot to answer honestly.
Three of the biggest names in the tournament – Brazil, Argentina and Colombia are alive and if any one of them wants to make their Copa winning dream come true, they definitely has to face other.
Defending champions, Uruguay and last year’s runner’s up, Paraguay are also very much alive, although none of them has shown commendable performance yet now. Home side, Chile has been arguably in a great form so far with Arturo Vidal who was recently involved in his Ferrari crash, as the lead goal scorer of the tournament.
Chile will inaugurate the quarter finals against Uruguay in Santiago as the home side looks to have an edge over last year’s champions (also the team with record number of Copa titles.) Uruguay shouldn’t be underestimated, in fact in sports where anything can happen anytime, no one should really be underestimated, but Uruguay’s withered away energy is a far cry from Chile’s “burning passion” to wipe their 99 years of pain – of not winning Copa America.
The hosts have been the best side coming off the group stage – topping Group A and scoring 10 goals that is more than twice the number of goals any team has scored so far.
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Moreover, while everybody was raving about the absence of Luis Suarez, owing to his ongoing FIFA ban, now the Uruguayan supporters might have to make do without 28-year-old, Edinson Cavani as well after his father, Luis Cavani was involved in a car crash. According to Mirror, Cavani’s father knocked down a 19-year-old boy and killed him.
The report has quoted coach Tabarez , saying that Cavani is “affected” by the incident. “He is affected by it, as anyone in a similar situation would be. We’ll let time pass so he can adapt to the situation,” he added.
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Cavani has been unable to show his skills regardless of his mental stability now. Therefore, the team’s defense will be one to watch for against Colombia’s attacking side. Maxi Pereira and skipper Diego Godin is expected to tune the defense with goalkeeper Fernando Muslera who has been in terrific form so far, conceding just two goals.
The match will see a counter-war between the goalkeepers as both teams has two best goalkeepers of the world. Claudio Bravo who plays for Barcelona managed to get two clean sheets during the group stage.
Besides, Vidal Arsenal star, Alexis Sanchez will also be expected to manage the offensive side. He has been the key factor behind Arsenal’s fantastic run in the Premier League last season.
Chile has an 80 percent edge, and even if Uruguay ups their game, the match looks to go for the home team.
Venue: Estadio Nacional Santiago
Timing: 5.00 am IST, 8.30 pm local time
Where to watch: Viewers in India can catch the match live on Sony Kix with live streaming option on Livsports.