We have come to the business end of the Copa America, with four teams left and the semifinal matchups set in stone.
Here’s how Atlético Madrid’s players performed during the quarterfinal round.
Renan Lodi starts as Brazil sneak past Chile in dire circumstances
Lodi started and played 91 minutes for Brazil in a 1-0 win over Chile to reach the semfinals. Brazil were a man down after Gabriel Jesus was shown a straight red card for a 48th-minute karate kick on Eugenio Mena. Brazil still managed to keep a clean sheet, even though Chile dominated possession.
Lodi maintained a pass success rate of 86 percent. He was defensively sound and rarely went up the field, making eight recoveries and two Interceptions. He was substituted in the 91st minute to make way for Éder Militão.
Felipe Monteiro is out injured.
Penalty shootout drama — Uruguay bow out
Luis Suárez and José Maria Giménez started Uruguay’s final Copa America match, a goalless draw that ended with a 4-2 shootout loss.
Although Colombia looked strong in attack, the match which looked pretty even on paper played out that way on the pitch, which ultimately forced the penalty shootout.
Colombia took the lead in the shootout when Giménez failed to score and Yerry Mina popped the ball home on the next spot kick. Giménez’s penalty didn’t trouble David Ospina at all — it was saved pretty easily in the bottom right corner.
Suárez gave some hope to the Uruguayans after scoring on his turn. But La Celeste were dealt the final blow when Matías Vina couldn’t hold nerve and saw Ospina turn away his penalty.
Suárez had only one shot throughout the 90 minutes and didn’t have a great day, as the Colombian defense looked sharp and were successful in closing both El Pistolero and Edinson Cavani when they posed threats.
Giménez won two duels and made two interceptions but his penalty miss was one of the game’s defining moments.
Rodrigo De Paul on the score sheet, Correa on the bench as Argentina cruise
Future Colchonero Rodrigo De Paul showed off his varied skill set against Ecuador on Saturday night, scoring his first goal for Argentina late in first half. Lionel Messi assisted him, sending a sublime lobbed pass across the penalty area, and De Paul slotted into an open goal.
Ángel Correa remained on the bench throughout the match.