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Copa America quarterfinals preview: Predictions, key players and what to watch for

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 like Argentina, Uruguay and hosts Brazil, as well as unfancied teams like 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:...

Paraguay already 'winning' against Brazil, Argentina-Venezuela too close to call

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...

Copa organisers pleased despite empty seats

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+.
ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno makes the case for Colombia being the best team in Copa America so far and the one that could give Brazil the most problems in the final

Copa America organisers said on Tuesday they believe the tournament in Brazil is running smoothly despite a large number of empty seats and criticism from players about the state of football pitches.

Tournament executives said they expect attendances to rise to more than 30,000 fans a match in the knockout stage that begins on Thursday.

The Copa America opener between Brazil and Bolivia on June 14 had gate receipts of around $5.7 million, and Uruguay's 1-0 win over Chile on Monday at the Maracana...

 By PA Sport

Colombia beat Paraguay to stay perfect at Copa

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Colombia enjoyed a 1-0 win over Paraguay despite fielding a second-string side to make it a clean sweep of victories in their Copa America group-stage campaign, leaving Paraguay's hopes of staying in the tournament hanging by a thread.

Colombia were guaranteed a place in the last eight as Group B winners and made 10 changes from the side that beat Qatar in their last outing but still dominated play while Paraguay, who had to win to ensure they progressed, barely caused any danger.

Midfielder Gustavo...