From 10 pm at the Pedro Ludovico Teixeira Olympic Stadium in Goiania, Scaloni's team will face Alfaro's in the quarterfinals. Whoever passes will be measured with Uruguay or Colombia.
Argentina will face their first kill or die match in the Copa América after a convincing performance in the group stage: they finished leader and undefeated in their zone. The rival will be Ecuador, which qualified somewhat but has threatening individualities. The match for the last key of the Copa América quarterfinals will begin at 22 at the Pedro Ludovico Teixeira Olympic Stadium in Goiania. The Brazilian Wilton Sampaio will referee it. They will broadcast TV Pública, TyC Sports, and DirecTV.
The team led by Lionel Scaloni deserved better luck in the debut against Chile and then had convincing performances in the wins by the minimum against Uruguay and Paraguay. Then, already classified in the quarterfinals, he thrashed Bolivia in a duel in which the coaching staff preserved some players who had a yellow card and were at the limit of suspension, as well as others who were physically complicated.
With all his men at his disposal, he maintains a doubt on the left and middle of the court. Scaloni evaluates Nicolás Tagliafico or Marcos Acuña, confirmed Gio Lo Celso and will define if Leandro Paredes or Guido Rodríguez is the starter. In addition, Nicolás González would win the arm wrestling to Alejandro Papu Gómez. For his part, Cristian Cuti Romero would be in the game although he has physical problems (Germán Pezzella is in the cat flap in case he goes down at the last minute).
"Ecuador have an aggressive style of play. In between, they put a lot of pressure, they are dynamic, young players. In fact, rivals have not dominated in previous matches because they have fast players. It will be a matter of taking advantage of the moments. Look for those spaces and take advantage of them ”, analyzed the DT from Albiceleste about the opponent on duty.
La Tri underperformed in the group stage and went through the rounds fourth in their zone after a resounding draw against host Brazil. However, the truth is that after two consecutive defeats by Qualifiers (Brazil and Peru), the Ecuadorians reaped another fall against Colombia in their debut in the Copa América and did not go beyond the draw against Venezuela ( Vinotinto equaled them in injury time) and Peru, that came back a 0-2.
Gustavo Alfaro prioritizes the Qualifiers and the quota with which he dreams of competing in the next World Cup event and plans to go step by step with a group of young people who have been doing well in qualifying for Qatar. Against Argentina, he asked his squad not to shrink: “We know that favoritism is on the side of Argentina just as it was on the side of Brazil. The important thing is to believe. The hierarchy must be respected, but it is not feared ”. He will look for his cast to add offensive aggressiveness to the excellent task that he had shown in the Bombonera against the Scaloni team for the first day of the Eliminatory.
Whoever qualifies for the semifinals will face the critical winner that will face Uruguay and Colombia in the first round (they will collide from 19 in Brasilia). The semi will be on Tuesday, July 6, at the Mané Garrincha stadium in Brasilia (the other will be held the day before in Rio de Janeiro.
It should be noted that while Argentina pursues the continental title that has been denied since 1993 and with which it could reach Uruguay as the maximum historical exponent with 15 tags, Ecuador registers poor performances in this contest: it barely achieved a fourth place in two editions that it They had as an organizer (1959 and 1993) and never beat the Albiceleste in the Copa América.
PROBABLE FORMATIONS :
Argentina : Emiliano Martínez; Nahuel Molina, Cristian Romero, Nicolás Otamendi, Nicolás Tagliafico and Marcos Acuña; Rodrigo De Paul, Leandro Paredes or Guido Rodríguez, Giovani Lo Celso; Lionel Messi, Lautaro Martínez and Nicolás González or Papu Gómez. DT : Lionel Scaloni
Ecuador : Hernán Galíndez; Ángelo Preciado, Robert Arboleda, Piero Hincapié, Pervis Estupiñán; Ángel Mena, Moisés Mena, Jhegson Méndez, Diego Palacios; Ayrton Preciado and Enner Valencia. DT : Gustavo Alfaro
Stadium : Olímpico Pedro Ludovico Teixeira (Goiania)
Referee : Wilton Sampaio (Brazil)
Time : 22.00
Television : Public TV, TyC Sports and DirecTV