Defending champion Brazil and Chile will have their star players back in action when they meet in the Copa America quarterfinals on Friday. Neymar will return for Brazil and Alexis Sánchez has recovered from a calf muscle injury ahead of the encounter at the Nilton Santos Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
On a day many football fans expected Harry Kane to shine at the European Championship, it was an Englishman playing for Chile at Copa America who managed to put the ball into the back of the net. Born in Stoke, 22-year-old Ben Brereton scored Chile's goal in a 1-0 win over Bolivia on Friday.
Brazil changed half of its team to face Peru on Thursday in its second Copa America match but still cruised to a 4-0 victory. Defender Alex Sandro, Neymar, midfielder Everton Ribeiro and striker Richarlison scored the goals at the Nilton Santos stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
Brazil’s Supreme Court on Thursday gave its go-ahead for the Copa America soccer tournament to kick off here despite the country's alarming COVID-19 figures. The unanimous vote by the 11 justices provides relief for President Jair Bolsonaro and tournament organizers in Brazil, which is hosting the event after the withdrawal of Colombia and Argentina.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro wants this month's Copa America soccer tournament to be held in his country despite the raging coronavirus pandemic. South American soccer body CONMEBOL chose Brazil as a replacement host on Monday after Argentina was dropped because of the spread of the virus in that country.
A South American soccer official acquitted of racketeering in the United States has been banned for life by FIFA for taking bribes. FIFA says it found "overwhelming evidence" that Manuel Burga got or was promised $6.6 million in bribes linked to marketing deals for the Copa America and Copa Libertadores.
For a match that didn't mean much, there was a lot going on as Argentina defeated Chile 2-1 to finish third in the Copa América on Saturday. Lionel Messi was sent off after getting involved in an altercation in a tense third-place game between the rivals from the last two finals of the South American competition.
Lionel Messi has been sent off in the first half of the third-place game between Argentina and Chile in the Copa America on Saturday. Messi was red carded after getting into a shoving match with Chile midfielder Gary Medel, who also was ejected.