Argentina is the favorite versus Ecuador in the Copa America quarterfinals, led by Lionel Messi.

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Argentina won three games and drew one, and Messi was in excellent form. In the four games, the captain scored three goals, breaking the record for most Argentina caps.

rgentina has Lionel Messi, history, and form on its side as it prepares to face Ecuador in the Copa America quarterfinals on Saturday.

Ecuador has yet to win a match after three draws and a loss, but Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni has “maximum respect” for his countryman Gustavo Alfaro and his team.

Luis Enrique, Spain’s coach, never doubted his team’s penalty triumph at Euro 2020.

“Ecuador is a fast-paced, dynamic team that might make life difficult for anyone. Scaloni stated, “They have interesting guys.”

Argentina won three games and drew one, and Messi was in excellent form. In the four games, the captain scored three goals, breaking the record for most Argentina caps.

Messi, who does not appear to be bothered by the fact that his contract with Barcelona is coming to an end, is benefiting from a squad that allows him to play around the penalty box rather than further away from the goal.

Scaloni, on the other hand, has some decisions to make before the match at the Olimpico Stadium in Goiania.

The first is whether or not defender Cristian Romero, who is suffering from left knee soreness, will be able to participate. Romero’s replacement, according to the coach, may be German Pezzella. There was also a battle for left back between Nicolas Tagliafico and Marcos Acuna.

Brazil avoids a late attack from Chile to get to the Copa America semifinals.

Leandro Paredes, a midfielder, is expected to start, but Guido Rodriguez, who has had a strong season, could take his place.

After six matches, Ecuador is in third place in the South American World Cup qualifiers, but has struggled in the Copa America.

Ecuador player Jhegson Mendez said, “We can’t alter the past, but we can change the present.” “We have no fear of anyone; we are focused on the fact that we have the opportunity to make history in the Copa America.”

Brazil avoids a late attack from Chile to get to the Copa America semifinals.

Alfaro has been chastised in Argentina for being overly defensive, but a game like Saturday’s — in which Ecuador will be a massive underdog — appeals to him.

“Argentina has the advantage of tradition and experience, but another competition has begun,” Alfaro added.

“It isn’t always the case that the team with the better appearance wins. Those that get it right win in this type of battle, while those who make mistakes lose.”

Enner Valencia and Gonzalo Plata, as well as midfielders Mendez and Moises Caicedo, are all recovering from injuries.

In the semifinals, the winner will face either Colombia or Uruguay.




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