At Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Peru and Venezuela made history


A summary of the games played at the stadium in the city of Bahia.

Five CONMEBOL Copa América 2019 matches hosted the colorful Arena Fonte Nova, a stadium in the city of Salvador, capital of the state of Bahia. These were exciting games that made history in the world’s oldest national team tournament.

Among those matches, there was the match in which Venezuela passed the quarterfinals, in a 0-0 draw against Brazil, also, the match in which Peru dreamt with greater enthusiasm of their chances in the tournament in a match between against Uruguay.

Quarter-finals: Peru drew with Uruguay and beat them on penalties.

The game between Peru and Uruguay was the last match of the 2019 CONMEBOL Copa América Brazil that was hosted the Arena Fonte Nova, a stadium built in 1951 and remodeled for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.

Incas and Charrúas were seeking the final spot in the semi-finals of the tournament, after finishing third in Group A and top of Group C respectively. The game was played in front of a great atmosphere provided by the fans, who despite the rain did not stop shouting for their teams.

And after penalties and a match with no goals, Peru advanced to the next round. Doubtless, it was a qualification that gave them the confidence to dream of playing in the final, so it could be said that in Salvador the Peruvian achievement of playing for the title of the tournament began to take shape. Finally, Ricardo Gareca’s team did it, and by qualifying for the final in the Maracanã, they finished 44 years without playing the last match of the Cup.

Venezuela drew against Brazil at Arena Fonte Nova

Last June 18, at the Arena Fonte Nova, Brazil faced a Venezuela that knew that much depended on that game the hopes of qualifying for the quarterfinals of CONMEBOL Copa América Brazil 2019.

And with character, Rafael Dudamel’s team managed to get a goalless draw from the Arena, a historic game that filled them with confidence to seal their passage to the group of the tournament’s top eight teams. A fact that was confirmed in the last date by defeating Bolivia.

The 0-0 in Salvador, left an important fact: for the first time in history, Venezuela has not lost to the host of a CONMEBOL Copa America.

A historic match of a brave Venezuela, that could seal a draw against the one that in the end would lift the trophy of the tournament, Brazil.

Colombia was the team that played more times in Salvador

The Colombian national team played two of its three first round matches in Salvador. They debuted with a 2-0 win over Argentina on the first day of Group B on June 15 and closed the Group stage with a 1-0 win over Paraguay on June 23.

Ecuador and Chile also played in Fonte Nova

Salvador’s participation as host of the CONMEBOL Copa América Brazil 2019 was completed with one more match of the Group phase as was the duel between Ecuador and Chile on June 21.

Chile won 1-2 over the Altiplano team, in front of a large number of Chilean fans who attended the game.

Salvador is the economic center of Northeast Brazil and the fourth most populous city in the country, with almost 3 million inhabitants. It is also proud to have been Brazil’s first capital. (Read here: The Spectator’s Guide).