There is only one match on the schedule for Monday at the Copa America. Japan faces two-time defending champions Chile in Group C at the Morumbi Stadium in Sao Paulo. This is the final match of the first round of the group phase. These are the last two teams to play in the tournament.
The biggest surprise so far has been Qatar coming back to earn a 2-2 draw with Paraguay in Group B on Sunday at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro. Trailing by two goals, the Asian Cup champions fought back and were the beneficiaries of a 77th minute own goal by Paraguay’s Rodrigo Rojas (pictured above) that left the match level.
The result was more of the same for Paraguay in the Copa America. The country has now gone eight straight matches without a win in the tournament, though the team has managed four draws. A 1-0 win over Jamaica in the 2015 edition is the only time they’ve emerged victorious in the last 18 Copa America games, though 10 of those games have ended in draws.
Next for Paraguay is Argentina on Wednesday. Argentina is coming off a disappointing 2-0 loss to Colombia in a game where Lionel Messi failed to make much of an impression. Argentina has not won a major international competition since 1993.
Hosts Brazil, who opened their account with a 3-0 win over Bolivia on Friday, will face Venezuela next in Group A on Tuesday in Salvador. Venezuela and Peru played to a scoreless draw in their opener. Peru faces Bolivia in Sao Paulo in Tuesday’s other match.
There have been plenty of empty seats so far for the games. The massive Maracana appeared almost empty on Sunday, though AP reported that 20,000 fans were at the 87,000-seat stadium for the Paraguay-Qatar match.
Even Brazil was not immune to the problem, with a reported 22,000 empty seats at the Morumbi Stadium for Brazil’s win over Bolivia.
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