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Argentina take advantage of Venezuela's second-string defence in Copa quarters

To defy history and knock Argentina out of the Copa America, Venezuela could have done with their first-choice centre-backs.

When coach Rafael Dudamel took over a little more than three years ago, one of his first moves was to bring left-back Mikel Villanueva into the centre, giving him much needed defensive pace. More recently, Yordan Osorio has come through well as his partner. Both were outstanding in last week's goalless draw against Brazil. Both were missing in the Maracana -- Villanueva...

Copa America quarterfinals preview: Predictions, key players and what to watch for

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.

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Uruguay vs. Peru

WHERE: Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador
WHEN: Saturday, 3 p.m. ET, live on ESPN+

THE STORY SO FAR ...: The old master Oscar Tabarez, now in his 13th year as Uruguay boss, blended youth and experience wisely...

Paraguay already 'winning' against Brazil, Argentina-Venezuela too close to call

Make way for the real stuff: The phony war of the Copa America group phase is over.

Of the 12 sides, just four go home. Guests Japan and Qatar can make the long journey feeling relatively good about themselves. Japan came with a very young, inexperienced squad and produced some flair. Qatar, with the team crowned Asian champions, showed some interesting tactical concepts and picked up valuable experience on the way to hosting the next World Cup.

Bolivia and Ecuador make the shorter journey in some...

Venezuela's draw with Brazil was no fluke - it's proof of their U20 plan

On the eve of his team's match against the Copa America hosts, Venezuela coach Rafael Dudamel confessed that he had grown up supporting Brazil. It is a story common to his generation: Brazil were the glamorous multi-world champions, Venezuela the perennial whipping boys. Cheering for Brazil was a way for Venezuelans to feel involved with the World Cup. The idea that their own team could compete with the Selecao was ludicrous.

As the national team goalkeeper in the 1990s, Dudamel was on the end of...

Brazil searching for identity after VAR denies them points vs. Venezuela

What VAR gives, VAR can take away. In Friday's Copa America-opening victory against Bolivia, Brazil's breakthrough came when a new handball ruling gave them a penalty, which Philippe Coutinho converted. Four days later against Venezuela, they had the ball in the back of the net three times, but none of them counted. One was ruled out for a foul, the other two for offside after lengthy consultation with the video evidence.

Three disallowed goals might make it seem as if Brazil were always knocking...

2019 Copa America ultimate preview: Will Messi win this wide-open tournament on Brazil's home turf?

Brazil will host the Copa America for the first time in 30 years, with a tournament that is full of drama. Chile will look to defend back-to-back crowns, the Selecao will seek redemption on home soil, and Lionel Messi returns to Argentina for another chance at silverware with the senior national team.

ESPN FC's Tim Vickery spells out the biggest storylines of the tournament and assesses all 12 teams taking part in this summer's Copa America, with all matches streaming live in the U.S. on ESPN+.