Brazil vs Paraguay : And after being jeered by supporters in its first two matches – a disjointed 3-0 win over Bolivia and a goalless draw with Venezuela – Tite admitted favourite Brazil cannot afford to drop its levels following the confidence-boosting victory over Peru.
Date: Thursday, June 27
Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
Location: Arena do Gremio — Porto Alegre, Brazil
TV channel: Universo and ESPN+
Streaming: fuboTV (Try for free)
Odds: Brazil -2 (-115) | Paraguay +2 (-105) | O/U: 3
We are down to the final eight teams in the Copa America. Guest nations Japan and Qatar have gone home but we’re left with the giants of South American football, including Argentina, Uruguay and hosts Brazil, in addition to Venezuela and Paraguay.
Here is the lowdown on each of the four quarterfinal clashes (all live on ESPN+).
THE STORY SO FAR: Brazil lost their present (Neymar) and future (Vinicius Jr.) stars ahead of the tournament but nevertheless took seven of nine points in the group stage. In fact, apart from a nervy start in the opener against Bolivia and some missed chances (and great goalkeeping) against Venezuela, they could have made it three out of three.
“We are here to win and we want to play good football. We want to do the best and we are happy about it.”
Brazil vs Paraguay finished runners-up in 2011 and reached the semi-finals in 2015, but it has been given far less hope of knocking out Brazil this time around.
Eduardo Berizzo’s side is the first team to advance past the group stages of a Copa America with only two points since three points for a win was introduced in 1995, progressing through as one of the best third-place finisher.
But Berizzo felt Paraguay was worthy of a place in the last eight as its performances against Qatar, Argentina and Colombia deserved more.
“Hopefully we can start a totally different Copa America in the next phase,” he said after the 1-0 loss to Colombia on Sunday.