Copa America 2024: First 2 quarter-final pairs determined, Messi and Argentina team meet Ecuador

Copa America 2024: First 2 quarter-final pairs determined, Messi and Argentina team meet Ecuador

On the morning of July 1, the final round of Group B ended when Ecuador tied Mexico 0-0, and Venezuela easily beat Jamaica 3-0 in the remaining match. This result determined the two quarter-final matches of Copa America, in which Messi and Argentina will face a very difficult opponent, Ecuador.

In the Copa America quarter-finals , with the top spot in Group A after a perfect record, Messi and Argentina will meet Ecuador (second in Group B) at 8:00 a.m. on July 5. Meanwhile, the remaining match will see Venezuela (first in Group B) meet Canada (second in Group A) at the same time on July 6.

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Mexican team (middle) unsuccessfully tries against opponent Ecuador

Before that, the final match of Group B was between Ecuador and Mexico (both with 3 points) for the remaining ticket to continue. Meanwhile, Venezuela (6 points) had already secured a ticket to only meet Jamaica, who were eliminated.

The highlight match at State Farm Stadium in Glendale City, Arizona (USA) filled with spectators between Ecuador and Mexico took place with caution on both sides due to the important nature of the match.

The Mexican team needs to win to advance because of the difference (0 compared to +1) of their opponent from South America. However, coach Jaime Lozano’s team did not create any significant situations throughout the first half. “El Tri” therefore had to step up its attack power in the second half.

However, the Ecuadorian team with top stars playing in the English Premier League such as Caicedo, Jeremy Sarmiento, 17-year-old young talent Kendry Paez, and the return after a ban of veteran striker Enner Valencia , has Play very calmly to keep the situation in your favor.

The representative from South America firmly controlled the match, making the Mexican team’s efforts to find a goal hopeless. The CONCACAF team’s attack line still lacks No. 1 star Edson Alvarez (West Ham Club) due to injury. Therefore, the Mexican team’s attacks lacked the sharpness as usual.

During 8 minutes of extra time, the Mexican team thought they had shocked the situation when striker Guillermo Martinez was fouled in the penalty area by Ecuadorian defender Felix Torres. However, the VAR referee refused to blow a penalty when he judged that Torres did not foul Martinez, because he hit the ball.

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Venezuela advances to quarterfinals with 3 wins

This delicious opportunity failed, forcing the Mexican team to accept a 0-0 draw with Ecuador and painfully being eliminated, with the same 4 points but with an inferior goal difference.

Meanwhile, the Venezuelan team easily beat Jamaica 3-0 scored by Eduard Bello, Salomon Rondon and Eric Ramirez, to have a record of winning all 3 matches in the group stage and advance to the quarterfinals with impressive performance, promising to win. also caused many big surprises.

 

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