Brazil vs Paraguay: How to watch Copa America hosts in action plus UK live stream, TV channel and kick-off time

27 Jun

Brazil will be looking to put their Copa America demons to bed when they take on Paraguay in the quarter-finals.

The Selecao are among favourites for glory at the tournament and topped their group without conceding a goal after a 5-0 win over Peru.

Roberto Firmino and Brazil take on Paraguay in the Copa America quarter-finals
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But they were eliminated on penalties by the Paraguayans at this stage of both the 2011 and 2015 tournaments and will be eager to hit back from those disappointments.

Paraguay made the knockout phase despite only claiming two points in Group B.

Brazil vs Paraguay : Date and kick-off time

The Copa America clash is set for Thursday, June 27 but will kick-off at 1.30am on Friday morning here in the UK.

It is taking place at the 55,000-capacity Arena do Gremio in Porto Alegre.

Brazil vs Paraguay: TV channel and live stream

You can catch this game live on Premier Sports 1. Coverage will start at 1.25pm.

A subscription to Premier Sports costs £9.99/month and the channel can be found on Sky 412 in HD and Virgin channel 551.

If you want to stream instead, sign up to the Premier Player from £9.99 which will allow you to watch wherever you are.

Brazil beat Bolivia 3-0 in the Copa America opener
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Brazil vs Paraguay: Squads

Brazil squad

Goalkeepers: Alisson, Ederson, Cassio

Defenders: Dani Alves, Fagner, Alex Sandro, Filipe Luis, Thiago Silva, Miranda, Marquinhos, Eder Militao

Midfielders: Casemiro, Fernandinho, Arthur, Allan, Lucas Paqueta, Philippe Coutinho

Forwards: Everton, David Neres, Richarlison, Roberto Firmino, Gabriel Jesus, Willian


Luis Suarez appeals for handball when goalkeeper saves and gestures for Gonzalo Jara to be booked for tackling pitch invader


Paraguay squad

Goalkeepers: Antony Silva, Roberto Junior Fernandez, Alfredo Aguilar

Defenders: Gustavo Gomez, Ivan Piris, Bruno Valdez, Junior Alonso, Fabian Balbuena, Juan Escobar, Santiago Arzamendia, Ivan Torres

Midfielders: Oscar Romero, Richard Ortiz, Rodrigo Rojas, Miguel Almiron, Celso Ortiz, Matias Rojas

Forwards: Oscar Cardozo, Hernan Perez, Derlis Gonzalez, Federico Santander, Cecilio Dominguez, Juan Iturbe

Luis Suarez appeals for handball when goalkeeper saves and gestures for Gonzalo Jara to be booked for tackling pitch invader

25 Jun

Luis Suarez was up to his old tricks during Uruguay’s Copa America Group C win over Chile.

The Barcelona forward left fans both amused and confused when he appealed for a handball after rounding Chile’s Gabriel Arias, only for the goalkeeper to knock it out for a corner.

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Suarez was involved in two bizarre incidents[/caption]

Clearly lost in the moment and showing his desire to win, he seemed to forget Arias’ job involves using his hands, Suarez instead appealed to the referee for a penalty.

While that was truly bizarre, Suarez was not done yet and took his audacious behaviour to another level.

In the second half, a supporter ran onto the pitch sporting a rucksack with an Argentina flag and the word ‘Kun’ on it, the nickname of Manchester City star Sergio Aguero.

Gonzalo Jara, the former West Brom defender, tripped the pitch invader and allowed security to apprehend him.

Suarez then ran towards the referee, waving his hand as if to brandish a card, urging for Jara to either be booked or sent off.

Furious Chile players then surround the official and the crowd began booing.

Uruguay ended the night as winners thanks to Edinson Cavani’s 82nd minute goal and they will now face Peru in the Copa America quarter-finals on Saturday, while Chile face unbeaten Colombia.

Although a controversial game, it pales in comparison to the game between the teams in the same competition four years ago.

Cavani and Suarez had the last laugh as Uruguay beat Chile in the Copa America
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In 2015, Cavani was sent off in Uruguay’s 1-0 defeat to Chile in the last eight when he slapped Jara for poking a finger up his backside.

Jara was then banned for three games, which ruled him out of the tournament his side ended up winning.

He was also fined $7,500 (£4,780), with Cavani being suspended for two World Cup qualifiers.

Qatar 0-2 Argentina: Lionel Messi hopes to kick-start Copa America campaign as Albiceleste survive group stage

24 Jun

Lionel Messi expects Argentina’s victory over Qatar to act as a catalyst for Copa America glory.

The Albiceleste clinched second place in Group B with a 2-0 defeat of Qatar, thanks to goals from Lautaro Martinez and Sergio Aguero.

Messi and co. progress safely into the quarter-finals
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It had been a must-win game for Argentina after they picked up just one point from their opening two matches.

Quoted on the team’s official website, Messi said after the match: “We had a good match and we won, which was the most important.

“We needed a game like this, to gain confidence and be calm.

“As the games go by, the team has to grow and this match served that purpose.”

He added: “Now starts another Copa. Now starts all or nothing.”

Inter Milan striker Martinez opened the scoring for Argentina after just four minutes, capitalising on sloppy Qatar defending before poking the ball into the bottom corner of the net.

Aguero bagged Argentina’s second goal of the night
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Aguero had a golden chance to double the lead but he flashed his shot wide of the target from 12 yards when he should have done better.

The Manchester City striker made amends when he made sure of the three points in the 82nd minute. He collected the ball up in midfield and beat two defenders before driving a low shot beyond the goalkeeper.

Messi could have got his name on the scoresheet but he uncharacteristically skied the ball over the crossbar from close range.

The win means Argentina will now face Venezuela in the quarter-finals on Friday in Rio de Janeiro.

Group B winners Colombia made it three wins from three matches by beating Paraguay 1-0 at the Arena Fonte Nova. Gustavo Cuellar scored the only goal of the game after 31 minutes.

Peru 0-5 Brazil: Hosts top Copa America group with resounding victory as Roberto Firmino bags ‘no look’ goal

23 Jun

Brazil finally gave their fans something to smile about after romping to victory over Peru in their final Copa America group game in Sao Paolo.

The hosts had been subject to jeers from their supporters following an unconvincing win over Bolivia and a disappointing draw against Venezuela.

Brazil put together a great performance when it was needed
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But those jeers became cheers on Saturday as the Selecao won 5-0 thanks to goals from Casemiro, Roberto Firmino, Everton Soares, Dani Alves and Willian.

Brazil are now through to the quarter-finals after finishing top of Group A.

The deadlock was broken by Real Madrid man Casemiro, who bundled in Philippe Countinho’s corner.

Liverpool frontman Firmino doubled their lead after charging down Peru keeper Gallese’s clearance before calmly rounding him.

Firmino has become famous for these cheeky finishes
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Firmino did his trademark ‘no look’ strike as he was scoring the goal.

Everton’s long-range effort made it 3-0 just before the break before second-half strikes from Alves and Willian completed the rout.

Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus was denied a first Copa America goal when his stoppage-time penalty was saved by Gallese.

Brazil will face one of the best third-placed countries from Group B or C in the last eight while Peru have a nervous wait to see whether they are through after picking up four points from the three games.

Copa America 2019: Newcastle mock Barcelona star Lionel Messi with Miguel Almiron tweet

20 Jun

It has not been a great start for Lionel Messi and Argentina at the Copa America.

Argentina lost 2-0 in their opening match to Colombia before Messi’s penalty salvaged a draw against Paraguay on Wednesday night, leaving Lionel Scaloni’s side bottom of their group – even behind Qatar!

Lionel Messi and Miguel Almiron went head-to-head on Wednesday night
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Miguel Almiron, who joined Newcastle in a club-record £20million deal from Atlanta United in January, starred for Paraguay as he assisted Richard Sanchez’s opener after a lung-busting run.

He also notched an assist in his country’s opening game against Qatar last weekend.

And Newcastle have been proudly watching his heroics in Brazil as the club light-heartedly tweeted a picture of him and Messi tussling for the ball with the caption: ‘A football genius and Lionel Messi. #NUFC #CopaAmerica’.

Almiron was a fitness doubt for the Copa America after suffering a season-ending hamstring injury in April.

The playmaker left the pitch in tears as he was forced off against Southampton.

But he made a speedy recovery and will hope to help Paraguay improve on their 2017 Copa America third-placed finish.

Meanwhile, Messi’s Argentina will need to beat Qatar in their final group stage game to have any hope of qualifying for the knockout rounds.

Newcastle United fans excited as Miguel Almiron outshines Barcelona star Lionel Messi at Copa America

20 Jun

Lionel Messi may be the greatest footballer to ever walk the earth, but it was Miguel Almiron who set the footballing world alight in last night’s Copa America clash between Argentina and Paraguay.

Newcastle’s club record signing is dazzling for his country and played a pivotal role as his side frustrated the two-time World Cup winners to a 1-1 draw.

Almiron outshined Messi in the clash between Paraguay and Argentina

The Group B clash was frankly a lacklustre encounter, but there was one piece of brilliance from Almiron which stood out.

The Magpies playmaker provided an assist in Paraguay’s opening match of the tournament against Qatar and it wasn’t long before he turned provider again in the match against Messi and Co.

The midfielder ran almost the length of the pitch, dancing through the challenges of several defenders before dispatching a perfect cross for Richard Sanchez to score.

 

Almiron was clearly still adapting to English football last term, but the signs are that he could be set for a brilliant season at Newcastle – and it’s safe to say Toon fans think they have a major superstar in their ranks.

Have a look at some of their reaction below…

 

Lionel Messi goal for Argentina against Paraguay earns Copa America draw

20 Jun

A Lionel Messi penalty earned Argentina a 1-1 draw against Paraguay in the Copa America.

Having been beaten by Colombia in their group opener, a point here gave them hope of reaching the quarter-finals.

Messi levelled from the spot against Paraguay, though Argentina are still bottom of their group
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Argentina are still bottom of Group B with one point from two games, but they could progress to the last eight by beating Qatar in their final match next Sunday.

The two best third-placed teams advance to the quarter-finals, meaning they will be knocked out of the tournament with anything less than a win.

In Belo Horizonte, Richard Sanchez put Paraguay ahead in the 37th minute after some strong running from Newcastle’s Miguel Almiron, however, Messi levelled things in the second half after a handball by Paraguay’s Ivan Piri,s which no-one appealed for but was spotted by a VAR review.

Colombia lead the group on six points after beating Qatar 1-0 earlier on thanks to a late goal from Duvan Zapata, with Paraguay second on two.

“We are lucky that we are still alive in this tournament,” coach Lionel Scaloni said afterwards.

“Our first half was not good, we played with desperation at times and we couldn’t control the play or create attacks. We had a very clear plan but couldn’t execute it as we kept losing the ball.

“They scored with their first attack and that caused us a lot of uncertainty. For a team like Argentina, which feels like it always has to win, the first blow is hard to take, but we assured the players at half-time that it was just one goal.”

Lionel Messi in Argentina vs Paraguay: UK live stream, TV channel, kick-off time and team news for Copa America clash

19 Jun

Argentina must get their Copa America campaign on track tonight when they take on Paraguay in Belo Horizonte.

Lionel Messi and co. suffered a shock defeat to Colombia in their opening clash of the tournament and sit bottom of Group B.

Lionel Messi’s Argentina must bounce back in the Copa America
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Eduardo Berizzo’s Paraguay could only muster a draw against guest team Qatar in their first tie meaning both will be eager to bounce back.

Despite his incredible career, Messi is yet to win a major trophy with his country but will need to inspire his side against their tricky opponents.

Argentina vs Paraguay: Date and kick-off time

This Copa America clash will take place on Thursday, June 20 at 1.30am UK time.

The match will be held at Estadio Mieirao in Belo Horizonte, a ground made famous by Germany’s astonishing 7-1 win over Brazil at the 2014 World Cup.

Argentina also played at the stadium during that tournament, just edging past Iran 1-0 thanks to Messi’s 91st-minute strike.

Argentina vs Paraguay: TV channel and live stream

Premier Sports will be showing live UK coverage of all the matches in the Copa America across its two channels.

The channels can be purchased to add to Virgin and Sky packages from £9.99 a month.

You can also live stream for the same cost via Premier Player.

Paraguay drew 1-1 with Qatar in their Copa America clash
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Argentina vs Paraguay: Squads

ARGENTINA SQUAD

Franco Armani, Agustin Marchesin, Esteban Andrada, Nicolas Otamendi, Ramiro Funes Mori, Marcos Acuna, Nicolas Tagliafico, German Pezzella, Renzo Saravia, Juan Foyth, Angel Di Maria, Roberto Pereyra, Giovani Lo Celso, Leandro Paredes, Rodrigo De Paul, Exequiel Palacios, Guido Rodriguez, Ivan Marcone, Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Paulo Dybala, Lautaro Martinez, Matias Suarez

PARAGUAY SQUAD

Antony Silva, Roberto Junior Fernandez, Alfredo Aguilar, Gustavo Gomez, Ivan Piris, Bruno Valdez, Junior Alonso, Fabian Balbuena, Juan Escobar, Santiago Arzamendia, Ivan Torres, Oscar Romero, Richard Ortiz, Rodrigo Rojas, Miguel Almiron, Celso Ortiz, Matias Rojas, Oscar Cardozo, Hernan Perez, Derlis Gonzalez, Federico Santander, Cecilio Dominguez, Juan Iturbe

Coutinho, Firmino and Jesus have goals disallowed by VAR as Brazil are booed off after 0-0 Copa America draw with Venezuela

19 Jun

Brazil’s players were booed by their fans again during the Copa America, as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Venezuela.

The hosts saw three goals disallowed by VAR, with Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Gabriel Jesus all being denied.

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Roberto Firmino thought he had scored for Brazil, but was denied by the Video Assistant Referee[/caption]

Tite’s side also bore the brunt of fan frustration at half-time of their Copa America opener against Bolivia where some could not understand why the manager was playing Casemiro and Fernandinho – two holding midfielders – against lesser opposition.

That didn’t matter, though, as they won 3-0 even without the finishing power of the injured Neymar.

In their second match, Coutinho, who scored twice against Bolivia, thought he had finally given them the upper hand in the final minutes of the game, but his close range effort was ruled out when VAR showed a handball by Firmino in the build-up.

The Liverpool forward had already found himself on the wrong end of a VAR decision, which saw an effort by Gabriel Jesus disallowed.

That came after Firmino had managed to find the net in the 38th minute, but the goal was wiped off the board after the referee ruled he had committed a foul in the process.

“VAR was correct. I have absolutely nothing to demand. We got justice,” Tite said. “They made the right call with both [VAR] goals.”

Brazil remain top of Group A with four points from two games and the leaders were in possession for more than two thirds of the match, with nearly 20 attempts on goal.

But they were repeatedly frustrated despite Tite bringing on Everton, Fernandinho and Jesus in the second half.

VAR denied Brazil on three occasions in their 0-0 draw with Venezuela
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Brazil fans showed their displeasure once again by booing the players off the pitch
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Brazil vs Venezuela: Live stream, TV channel, UK kick-off time and team news for Copa America clash

18 Jun

Brazil will be looking to make it two wins from two in the Copa America as the hosts prepare to face Venezuela.

Despite having talisman Neymar out injured, Brazil comfortably beat Bolivia 3-0 in the tournament opener thanks to a double from Philippe Coutinho in Sao Paulo.

Brazil beat Bolivia 3-0 in the Copa America opener
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Tite’s side now take on La Vinotinto who narrowly held onto a goalless draw against Peru in their Group A tie despite having Luis Mago sent off.

Brazil, who last won the competition in 2007, can take a huge step towards the knock-out phase with a win over Venezuela.

Brazil vs Venezuela: Date and kick off time

The Copa America clash will take place on Wednesday, June 19 with kick off set for 1.30am UK time.

The match will be held at the 48,000-capacity Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador.

Brazil vs Venezuela: TV channel and live stream

Premier Sports will be showing live UK coverage of all the matches in the Copa America across its two channels.

The channels can be purchased to add to Virgin and Sky packages from £9.99 a month.

You can also live stream for the same cost via Premier Player.

Venezuela star Salomon Rondon in action for Newcastle last season
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Brazil vs Venezuela: Squads

Brazil

Alisson, Ederson, Cassio, Dani Alves, Fagner, Alex Sandro, Filipe Luis, Thiago Silva, Miranda, Marquinhos, Eder Militao, Casemiro, Fernandinho, Arthur, Allan, Lucas Paqueta, Philippe Coutinho, Neymar, Everton, David Neres, Richarlison, Roberto Firmino, Gabriel Jesus

Venezuela

Wuilker Farinez, Rafael Romo, Joel Graterol, Roberto Rosales, Mikel Villanueva, Rolf Feltscher, John Chancellor, Yordan Osorio, Ronald Hernandez, Luis Mago, Tomas Rincon, Luis Manuel Seijas, Arquimedes Figuera, Jhon Murillo, Darwin Machis, Junior Moreno, Adalberto Penaranda, Yangel Herrera, Luis Gonzalez, Jefferson Savarino, Salomon Rondon, Josef Martinez, Fernando Aristeguieta