It’s been six days since Copa America 2015 has started and we have seen some extraordinary performances from teams like Venezuela, Bolivia and Paraguay. Surprised, eh? This has been the story of the tournament which is going on in Chile. Giants like Brazil, Argentina and Columbia have struggled in their first round of games, whereas teams like Peru and Jamaica have proved their credentials in front of relatively tougher opposition despite ending on the losing side with the slightest of margin.
So the big question that lies in front of us is whether the favorites are flawed, or is this Copa America really that competitive? Actually it is a bit of both but looking at all the performances, we might tend to move towards the latter. The biggest upset of the tournament so far has to be Argentina vs Paraguay, which saw the 85th ranked team by FIFA levelling things up against last year’s finalists of World Cup, who are currently sitting in 3rd place. This match demonstrates the attacking ability of Argentina, however they missed on some good chances to increase their goal count. But they should be more worried about their fragile defence.
Moving on to the next game which produced an embarrassing result for Columbia, as they were beaten by the 72nd ranked team in the world, Venezuela (known for producing Miss Universes every year, not footballers). With players like Falcao, James Rodriguez and Cuadrado up front, they were unable to bulge the net even once. Now they are on the verge of elimination, as they will face the mighty Brazilians in their next group game. This game becomes a must win encounter for Los Cafeteros.
Hang on, did I use the word mighty for last year semifinalists Brazil. Oh! They struggled their way past the 61st ranked team, Peru thanks to the heroic moment by Neymar and incisive finishing by Douglas Costa. The goal came in the last-minute of the injury time.
The most impressive player for me till now has to be Cristian Rodriguez, who scored the only goal which makes Uruguay sit top of the group, ahead of Argentina. Playing for a club who is dealing the Etoó issue and bankruptcy, luck has surely turned him around and might be pivotal for Uruguay in the later stages.
At last, we can’t forget the hosts , Chile who started this campaign off to a flyer, but had a minor hiccup last night after a 6 goal thriller against Mexico. With Argentina playing against Uruguay tomorrow morning(IST) and Brazil playing against Columbia day after, this competition is bound to take a few twist and turns soon.