Recent champions Brazil and Chile play for a Copa America semi final place

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The two most recent Copa America champions meet on Friday in Rio de Janeiro as Neymar’s 2019 winners Brazil face 2015 and 2016 champions Chile with Alexis Sánchez key in attack.

The hosts made a dominant start to the competition but found things more difficult in their final games of the group; they were behind against Colombia until the 80th minute before picking up the win and they drew their final game against Ecuador.

This will give Chile renewed confidence, as will the return to form of Inter forward Alexis Sanchez and the emergence of the dynamic Ben Brereton.

The winner of this quarterfinal game will take on the winner of Peru vs Paraguay, which will take place on Friday at 6pm local time in Goiania.

-Details-

Stadium: Olímpico Nilton Santos

Time: 21.00 (00:00 GMT Saturday).

Referee:  Patricio Loustau (ARG)

Where to watch: SBT y ESPN Brasil (Brasil); Canal 13, TNT Chile, DirecTV (Chile).

-History-

  • Brazil have won their last four games against Chile in the CONMEBOL Copa América. The Brazilians have scored 11 goals in this period while only conceding once.
  • Brazil has kept a clean sheet against Chile in 3 of their last 4 games in the CONMEBOL Copa América (4V). The last time Chile scored more than one goal against Brazil in the competition was in 1993 (Chile 3-2 Brazil)
  • Chile has only lost one of their last 7 games (2 wins, 4 draws). However, the one loss came in their most recent game at the current Copa America with a 2-0 defeat to Paraguay.
  • Brazil is the side that has scored the most headed goals (3) in this year’s CONMEBOL Copa América.
  • Richarlison is Brazil’s player with the most touches of the ball in the opposition area (26). Only Luis Saurez of Uruguay has more in this year’s CONMEBOL Copa América with 27.DATA: OPTA