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Copa America de Futbol Playa 2018
06 Mar 2018

Balanced forces at Copa America

Argentina and Venezuela earn first win in Peru, as Bolivia suffer first defeat


The fierce fight at the tight South American pool was clearly showcased yesterday at the Copa America Fútbol Playa Perú 2018, in a day in which two of the games went into the penalty shootout, and the other two were decided by a narrow difference. 

The first game of the afternoon in Lima had Argentina prevailing over Chile for their first points in the competition. The Albiceleste edged La Roja with a tight final 6-5, and get back in the fight after their tough debut against the fearsome Brazil. 

In the second game of the day, Venezuela ended Bolivia’s perfect run in the competition to secure first win. Following yesterday’s defeat to Uruguay, Vinotinto reacted against the tournament’s biggest surprise and clinch the points thanks to the efforts by José Semprun (2), Alexander Millan, Maxel Perdomo, Peter Rodríguez and Alberto Prado.

Later on, Paraguay had to struggle to prevail over combative Colombia. Guga’s lads had began their spell in the Copa America with a heavy win over Chile, but faced yesterday a way tougher resistance. The Guaarani could never bend the Cafeteros during the regular time, and only a save by goalkeeper Saúl Gonzalez in the penalty kick shootout got them the win. 

In the last game of the day, Ecuador and Uruguay forced each other into the penalty kick shootout, as well, after a terrific strike exchange. One goal on each end during the extra time had both sides taking the 9-meter roulette. From the spot, the Charrúa proved better aimed, and sealed the point at stake to follow Bolivia in Group A. 

For more results and standings, click here

Pic by CONMEBOL.  

RESULTS & SCHEDULE
November 21, 2019 - December 01, 2019
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Group Stage - Group A
Team P W W+ L GF GA GD PTS
Japan JPN 3 3 0 0 14 10 4 9
Swizerland SUI 3 1 1 1 18 17 1 5
Paraguay PAR 3 1 0 2 15 13 2 3
Usa USA 3 0 0 3 10 17 -7 0
Group Stage - Group B
Team P W W+ L GF GA GD PTS
Italy ITA 3 2 0 1 21 10 11 6
Uruguay URU 3 2 0 1 9 9 0 6
Tahiti TAH 3 2 0 1 16 17 -1 6
Mexico MEX 3 0 0 3 3 13 -10 0
Group Stage - Group C
Team P W W+ L GF GA GD PTS
Russia RUS 3 2 0 1 14 14 0 6
Senegal SEN 3 2 0 1 17 11 6 6
Uae UAE 3 1 0 2 6 9 -3 3
Belarus BLR 3 1 0 2 10 13 -3 3
Group Stage - Group D
Team P W W+ L GF GA GD PTS
Brazil BRA 3 3 0 0 29 11 18 9
Portugal POR 3 2 0 1 20 11 9 6
Oman OMA 3 1 0 2 9 16 -7 3
Nigeria NIG 3 0 0 3 8 28 -20 0
Quarter-finals
Brazil BRA 3 - 4 RUS Russia
Senegal SEN 2 - 4 POR Portugal
Italy ITA 5 - 4 SUI Swizerland
Japan JPN 3 - 2 URU Uruguay
Semi-finals
Italy ITA 8 - 7 RUS Russia
Japan JPN 3 - 3 (1 - 2) (PSO) POR Portugal
Play-off for 3rd place
Russia RUS 5 - 4 JPN Japan
Final
Italy ITA 4 - 6 POR Portugal
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