Copa America – Nine-man holders out as knockout stages begin

Just like Europe’s leading club competition the Champions League, the Copa America has become exceptionally difficult to retain over the years due to the endless conveyer belt of quality that seems to come from right across the world’s smallest permanently inhabited continent. Uruguay are the latest team to fail in their attempts to triumph for a second time in succession, losing to hosts Chile in an ill-tempered clash on Thursday morning. It was not a major surprise that the holders fell, as they never looked convincing in scraping through the group…

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(Video) Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez scores stunning diving header in Chile’s Copa America rout

Alexis Sanchez may be known for scoring sumptuous goals, but he’s not really known for tucking away diving headers. READ MORE: Arsenal News and Gossip Arsenal legend backs star man to lead Gunners to the title Nine Premier League bargain buys However, during Friday night’s 5-0 thumping of South American minnows Bolivia in the final group game of their Copa America campaign he changed all that with one well timed flick of his head. The Arsenal star has been one of the standout performers in the tournament so far, and…

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Copa America – Unpredictability emphasised by Brazil loss

The second round of group matches is almost complete, and the Copa America could not be more wide open, with a couple of shock results leaving some to question where the balance of power truly lies on the international stage in South American football. Pleasingly, the less fancied sides are proving competitive and adding to the drama in what has been an entertaining first week of the tournament. It began with Chile registering a comfortable victory over Ecuador, who went on to lose disappointingly against Bolivia, highlighting their regular failure…

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Copa America Group A – Hosts Chile eyeing early confidence boost

Chile have never won the Copa America, but as hosts in 2015 and with their best squad in many a decade, this has to be their best opportunity yet. They begin the tournament with a potentially tricky tie against Ecuador in the capital, Santiago, in the early hours of Friday morning, where victory would provide them with a major confidence boost and perhaps the belief that they can go all the way. The 2014 World Cup showed that Jorge Sampaoli’s side are extremely capable of competing with the very best…

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