Coach Belmadi Assures Algeria can win Afcon 2019 Tournament

Algeria coach Djamel Belmadi said in El Cairo that he believes his team can win the African Cup of Nations (Afcon 2019), even if no one else thinks the same.

We have been saying for some time now that we are here to do what nobody believes we can do. We believe in it, to be a bit ambitious is free of charge, even if the bar is set very high, said Belmadi said at a press conference.

The strategist highlighted that while many coaches avoid saying their team is favorite, he boldly aims to win the first Afcon crown for the Desert Foxes since 1990.

On Sunday, Algeria beat the Guinea team 3-0 in the round of 16, which was possibly the best performance of any team participating in the competition so far.

The North African team, pit in the quarterfinals against the winner between the Ivory Coast and Mali, scheduled to play this Monday, has won all its matches in the tournament without conceding even one goal.

We may not reach our goal, but we will do everything possible to get there, said Belmadi.

The 43-year-old coach was appointed last August, which brought an end to an agitated period during which Algeria changed coaches six times in two years.

Despite having one of the most talented squads in Africa, they were eliminated in the group stage in the previous Afcon in 2017 and could not qualify for the World Cup last year.

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Peru Eclipsed Chile in Copa America

In times of eclipse, many today make the simile by pointing out that Peru came between Chile and its hopes to reach the third championship in a row in Copa America 2019.

In fact the victory of Peruvians was unexpected, the more so with a 3-0 score that silenced the several Chilean fans who traveled to the Brazilian city of Porto Alegre and the many who in Santiago de Chile had bought their vuvcelas to blow them at Plaza Italia.

It was a weird match, in which Peru seize all the opportunities while Chile despite a strong offensive throughout the entire game could not score once.

As there is always someone to blame, analyzing the game on Thursday, fans took it on goalkeeper Gabriel Arias, who made a serious mistake that allowed the second goal of Peru.

Arias came out of the area recklessly trying to cut off the advance of a rival, but the play ended with a cross for Yoshimar Yotún, who shot on an empty goal line.

However, Colombian coach Reinaldo Rueda had already defended the goalkeeper when he declared to the press that 'Gabriel has been great, he had a very good competition and came out champion with Racing having a great performance. We cannot just go to extremes. We cannot crucify him. '

Instead, he said “that the entire team had not worked today” and explained that “maybe we wanted to play the final match before playing this game. We entered the field thinking about Sunday. Avoiding a yellow card, a foul, thinking about the final '.

Some commentators went further and said that La Roja requires a renewal with young blood, because the stars of the so-called golden generation are already in another dimension, playing in great world clubs, and meeting eventually for the Copa America is not enough.

On his behalf, from Brazil, Arturo Vidal summarized the defeat with “I'm sad. They fulfilled the two chances they had and made the difference. The goalkeeper had great interventions. We kept fighting, but in the semifinals we cannot make mistakes like that. We gave them an advantage. I congratulate Peru for entering the final.”

After losing the hope of a third championship, he reluctantly spoke about the game on Saturday against Argentina for the third place: 'It will be a match of little importance. It's only a formality.”

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USA Defeats Jamaica and will Defend Crown in Gold Cup

United States, current champion, beat Jamaica 3-1 today and will face Mexico in the Gold Cup final of the Confederation of North, Central America and the Caribbean Football within three days.

The current champions defeated the other finalists of previous edition of this tournament, number 14, in 2017, with a goal of Weston McKennie and two of Christian Pulisic, on the 52 and 87.

The game was held at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee, the game was halted for almost an hour and a half, since the 17th minute, by a dangerous electrical storm.

Shamar Nicholson (69), scored for the Caribbean team with a header, the only player who has scored against the North American team in this competition.

On the road to the finale, the U.S. team dominated group D with wins 4-0, 6-0 and 1-0 against Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, and Panama, and in the quarterfinals they beat the surprising Curaçao team.

On the other hand the Mexican team beat Haiti 1-0 in the first semifinal and won access to the final match on July 7th at the Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois.

Mexico, leader of group A and punisher of Costa Rica in the best of eight, had a rough time because the decisive goal came in the third minute of overtime after the draw in the regular time.

Raúl Jiménez kicked a penalty for a team that had no ideas on the pit and on top of that met a strong Haitian defense.

In addition, the Aztec team, top winner of this competition with seven titles suffered the absence on the bench of its technical director, the Argentine Gerardo Tata Martino, due to the excessive accumulation of yellow cards.

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Classic Brazil-Argentina Game at America Cup

The teams from Brazil and Argentina will play on Tuesday at the Mineirão Stadium, in the southern city of Belo Horizonte, where they will stage a classic football game in the continent.

The winner will play for the tournament's title against the victorious team from another classic match between Chile and Peru, scheduled for Wednesday at the Arena do Gremio, in Porto Alegre.

Brazil will play in Mineirão nearly five years after one of its worst losses on its territory, where the team was defeated 1-7 by Germany in the World Cup on June 8, 2014.

However, the Brazilian team is considered the favorite against Argentina, which lost the first game in Group B to Colombia, tied with Paraguay and defeated Qatar.

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Defending Champion United States won over Curacao in Gold Cup

Weston McKennie headed in Christian Pulisic's cross in the 25th minute, and the US national team held on for a 1-0 victory over a resolute Curacao squad in the Concacaf Gold Cup quarterfinals on Sunday evening at Lincoln Financial Field.

The US advances to face Jamaica for a third time in as many Gold Cup knockout phases, after Jamaica also defeated Panama 1-0 earlier on Sunday. The Americans lost to Jamaica in the 2015 semifinals 2-1, then defeated them by the same score in the 2017 final.

Jamaica also defeated the US 1-0 in a Gold Cup tuneup friendly on June 5.

Curacao exits the tournament despite leading the US 15-10 in shots and 5-3 in efforts on target, while also slightly edging possession.

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Chile Beats Japan in Debut of Copa America

Chile started their campaign of Copa America in a superb way as the team defeat Japan by 0-4 with a goal scored by Alexis Sanchez for the first time in last five months.

For Japan, things were not in favour of them. A lose but by a difference of four is not good. But there are many games they have to play and the campaign for them is still remaining.

The first goal of the match was scored by Erick Pulgar in 41’ with a stunning header from a corner kick. Eduardo Vargas scored a brace in the match. His first and the second goal of the match came in 54’ from his foot with a deflection by Japan’s defender. His second and the third goal of the match came in 83’ as he chipped the ball into the nets. Finally, a great diving header from Alexis Sanchez as he netted the ball in 82’ to make it 0-3. The final score was 0-4.

The story of the match was mostly subjected in the favour of Chile and with this scoreline, they warned other teams to not take them light.

The win take them to the top of the table in Group C with 4 points in one match. Uruguay is just behind them, they have also with 4 points. They defeat Ecuador by 4-0 on Monday. Chile will face Ecuador in their second match on Saturday.

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Scarce public in Copa America: Economic Crisis, Expensive Tickets

The economic crisis and high prices of tickets to the stadiums appear today as two of the main reasons for the low public presence in the Copa America in Brazil, according to journalists.

In a program on SporTV, TV channel that transmits games of the competition, a group of journalists agreed that a marked absence of fans predominates in the sports facilities during the first round of the main South American tournament that began on the 14th. June and ends on July 7.

For informants, several factors contribute to the fact, mainly, of course, the high cost of income. Marcelo Barreto, for example, recalled the economic crisis in Argentina.

He explained that 'the Cup America does not attract people from all over the world. We are living in a continent in crisis. Argentineans who before invaded Brazil and filled Copacabana, no longer have that power of mobilization. They will not come in the same amount. '

Marcos Uchôa also cited the economic crisis, but in Brazil itself. For him, the organization should provide more income for public school students.

He considered there is an 'economic crisis since 2015 and it is already impacting pockets'.

This, he argued, 'impacts football, which is more popular. Organizers are missing a great opportunity to enter public schools. In that first phase, it could be expanded further. Of course you will not fill stadiums, becauswe it has costs. But could not organizers give more income? ', he asked.

For Rogério Corrêa, identification of the Brazilian fan is greater with the club of the heart.

He explained 'it is proven that Brazilian's relationship is not with soccer, but with the club. When you have a foreign Brazilian team (with more players who play abroad today), there is no longer a passion link. '

Previously, the president of the South American Football Confederation (Conmebol), Alejandro Dominguez, showed concern about the low number of people attending the Copa América games, especially what was seen on Saturday in the Venezuela-Peru match.

'It worries people, of course it worries. We want people to always see the best players in the world and the South American players are the best in the world', Dominguez told reporters after the inauguration of a coexistence space on Copacabana beach, Rio de Janeiro.

He acknowledged that Brazil is the 'country where football is lived' ... and there are 'games that have a lot of fans and others that unfortunately do not have as much,' he added.

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Colombia come to life in second half to beat Argentina 2-0

Before the opener in Salvador, Colombia had a dismal record against Argentina, having failed to beat them in the last 12 years.

But they did not let the past dictate their performance at Fonte Nova Arena, convincingly outplaying the Albiceleste for a 2-0 victory.

The first-half proved unmemorable as neither side had a shot on target, with Lionel Scaloni's men particularly lacking tempo and struggling to get the ball forward in their first competitive fixture since their elimination at last year's World Cup.

Colombia's Roger Martinez broke the deadlock in the 71st minute after picking up a long pass from James Rodriguez, before substitute Duvan Zapara doubled the lead from close range in the 86th minute to secure the deserved victory.

Manager Carlos Queiroz lost Luis Muriel to injury after 15 minutes, making way for the welcome addition of Martinez, but will no doubt be pleased with his competitive debut in charge of the Colombians.

Argentina, meanwhile, the runners-up in 2015 and 2016, will be hoping for more from star man Lionel Messi in their next game against Paraguay on Friday.

Colombia go on to face Qatar, one of the two guest nations at the tournament, on Thursday.

In the night's other game, Venezuela and Peru shared a goalless draw after two goals from Peru were disallowed following VAR reviews.

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