Group play in the Copa America wrapped up Monday evening in Brazil as Group C concluded with Uruguay defeating Chile to win the group, and Chile finishing as runners up. Japan and Ecuador played to a 1-1 draw and both sides were eliminated as a result. Here is how the knockout stage has been set: Quarterfinals
  • Brazil vs. Paraguay (June 27) – Porto Alegre
  • Venezuela vs. Argentina (June 28) – Salvador
  • Colombia vs. Chile (June 28) – Sao Paulo
  • Uruguay vs. Peru (June 29) – Recife
Semi Finals
  • Winner QF 1 vs Winner QF2 (July 2) – Belo Horizonte
  • Winner QF3 vs Winner QF4 (July 3) Porto Alegre
Consolation and Finals
  • Loser SF1 vs Loser SF2 (July 6th) – Sao Paulo
  • Winner SF1 vs Winner SF2 (July 7th) – Rio de Janeiro
Brazil, hosts, and pre tournament favorites, draw Paraguay in their first knockout round game. It is a very favorable matchup as Paraguay managed to earn one of the two wild card spots into the knockout stages having only two points in group play. The winner of that game will meet the winner of Venezuela vs Argentina. Argentina have struggled in form, while Venezuela has been playing above their heads. It sets up an intriguing matchup with upset possibility written all over it. Should Argentina get through, a classic Argentina vs Brazil matchup would be impending, one that rarely disappoints. On the other side of the bracket, Colombia who were the top team across all groups with 9 points out of 9, will take on Chile. A bit of a tough draw for the Colombians who off the bat will face a capable squad in Chile, despite the fact they (Colombia) were the top team in group play. The winner of that game will face the winner of Uruguay and Peru. Uruguay went undefeated in group play with two wins and a draw, while Peru got off to a good start on four points in two games, only to be demolished by Brazil in the final game of their group, thus earning the other wild card spot in the knockout stages. Brazil is the clear favorite to come out of the top half of the group and into the final in Rio, where down below, all four teams are capable of getting on a roll and making a run at the Copa America. A Colombia vs Uruguay matchup would be an intriguing battle. Predictions for Quarterfinals Brazil 3 – Paraguay 0 Venezuela 1 – Argentina 1 (Venezuela adv on PK’s) Colombia 2 – Chile 1 Uruguay 2 – Peru 0 Let us know your thoughts on how the knockout stages will progress, and who you like to lift the trophy on July 7th in Rio!

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