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 B – Uruguay begin title defence against rank outsiders

Uruguay have won the Copa America more than any other team, a fine achievement given the immense competition they face from neighbouring countries as well as the disparity in terms of population and resources, particularly that of rivals Argentina and Brazil. Their latest title defence begins on Saturday evening as they take on Jamaica, a side that is not expected to make it past the group stage. Winning the competition back in 2011 was just reward for Uruguay’s remarkable rise back to international football’s elite, and was an achievement that…

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