Messi is absent in the 2019 Copa America squad

No other Argentinian player is present, while Alexis Sanchez, Luis Suarez and Dani Alves are all appreciated.


Goalkeeper Wuilker Farinez (Venezuela).

Farinez conceded the first goal in 262 minutes, when Leonel Justiniano scored for Bolivia in Venezuela's 3-1 victory. In the first two matches, the 21-year-old goalkeeper played stably and many outstanding saves helped Venezuela to keep 0-0 against Peru and Brazil. His performance seems to be attracting the attention of Barca. In the quarter-finals against Argentina, Farinez has another important opportunity when facing a direct captain of the Spanish team - Lionel Messi.


Right-back Dani Alves (Brazil).

Alves continues to surprise fans despite being 36 years old. Not only did he fulfill the defensive role, the Brazilian captain also contributed a lot of decisive balls on the right.

With his presence in Peru's 5-0 victory in the final game of the group stage, Alves rose to fifth in the list of the most competitive players for Brazil (113 matches - equal to Pele). He is also the second oldest player ever to play for the team, after defender Djalma Santos (age 39). Alves is the only player left in the 2007 Copa America squad.


Central defender Jose Gimenez (Uruguay).

Pairing with Diego Godin, Gimenez once again proved world-class. In the match against Japan, the 24-year-old midfielder helped Uruguay win a ticket to the quarterfinals by directly hitting the head. In the final match against Chile, Gimenez also played excellently, contributing to a 1-0 victory to bring Uruguay to the top of Group C.


Central defender Davinson Sanchez (Colombia, right).

Colombia is the only team to win the group stage and Sanchez contributes a considerable amount of effort. In the first two matches, Sanchez and his teammates completely disabled Argentine attack, and Qatar only had one shot on goal. What is showing once again confirms, Sanchez's past season's excellent performance in Tottenham shirt is not accidental.


Left defender Filipe Luis (Brazil, right).

With Filipe Luis, Brazil no longer has to worry about Marcelo's absence. The 33-year-old star helps the home side's left wing become more stable. His effective combination with Everton winger has great benefits for attack.


Central midfielder Wilmar Barrios (Colombia, right).

Barrios is truly a silent hero of Colombia. After contributing to neutralizing Lionel Messi in the first match, the Zenit club midfielder continued to lock the line between Qatar.


Central midfielder Charles Aranguiz (Chile, left).

Aranguiz's ability to trim the ball is a problem for any of Chile's competitors. In the group stage, he has no less than three successful transfer lines. After two victories in 2015 and 2016, Aranguiz is helping Chile towards the third consecutive title.


Attack midfielder Philippe Coutinho (Brazil).

After Neymar withdrew due to injury, experts questioned the possibility of Coutinho having enough bravery to fill the gap. The answer is yes. In three group matches, with two goals and one assisting line, Coutinho helped Brazil win seven points with the leading position.


Midfielder attacking James Rodriguez (Colombia).

While information about being sold off by Real is becoming clearer, James is showing that any club that buys him won't be worried about it. In the group stage, James had two accurate passes for Roger Martinez and Duvan Zapata to score the correct goal. He also showed his class through the control and handling phases of South American technical characteristics.


Striker Luis Suarez (Uruguay).

After battling injury to keep up in Copa America, Suarez is proving the value of patience with Uruguay. Cavani striker can score more goals (3-2), but Suarez is the soul of attack with clever moves. Thanks to the excellent performance of the 32-year-old striker, Uruguay won first place in Group C and only had to meet Peru in the quarterfinals.


Striker Alexis Sanchez (Chile).

From a forgotten player at Man Utd, Sanchez is reaffirming the usefulness of the Chilean shirt. The goals in the first two games, winning against Ecuador and Japan, all showed Sanchez never lost his instinct to score. He also played well in the game against Uruguay and only succumbed to Cavani's dangerous header.

Photo: Reuters, Ole, DS

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