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Manchester City at the Copa América: Part 4

Brazil Will Face Argentina in the Semi-Finals

Copa America 2019: LOC and CONMEBOL Meet with Participating Nations Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images

The Copa América saw drama in the quarter-finals as Brazil defeated Paraguay on penalties whilst Argentina convincingly defeated Venezuela.

In the match on Thursday, Brazil took on Paraguay at the Arena do Grêmio. Gabriel Jesus played the entire duration of the match and Ederson was on the bench. Fernandinho, who picked up an injury earlier in the competition, did not feature.

Brazil started brilliantly but was unable to find a breakthrough against a stubborn Paraguayan side. By half time the match was at 0-0, albeit Brazil had vastly outplayed Paraguay.

At the start of the second half, Paraguay had a player sent off, yet they were able to keep the Brazilian advances at bay. Despite a slew of opportunities, Brazil did not score and the match would then be decided by a penalty shootout. Brazil eventually went on to win the match, where Gabriel scored the winning penalty.

Meanwhile, Argentina faced Venezuela on Friday. Sergio Agüero and Nicolás Otamendi both started the match. Agüero would register an assist in what was a rather comfortable match for the Argentines, and by full time the match ended 2-0 in Argentina’s favour.

The respective results mean City’s South American contingency will go head to head in the semi-finals. Brazil will play Argentina on 2 July.