The group stage of the America Cup It came to an end and of the ten selected that began the journey in Brazil, there are only five left, who will play the quarterfinals from this Friday.
20 games have been played so far, in which some players met expectations, others exceeded them and some remained on debit. This is the ideal eleven of the championship according to the look of ESPN.com.
CARLOS LAMPE (Bolivia)
Yes, his team was eliminated after losing all the games and the Bolivian goalkeeper received ten goals against. However, Lampe was a figure in each of the matches he played and saved the Green from an even more ignominious campaign. It would have been easier to pick a player classified in the quarterfinals, but also very unfair. He finished with 25 saves, ten more than the second, paradoxically the other goalkeeper eliminated, Wuilker Fariñez. He left the championship embraced by Lionel Messi, as a kind of not so modest recognition of his performance.
ALBERTO ESPÍNOLA (Paraguay)
They were games without great performances from the sides, contrary to what has been seen in recent times in the main leagues in the world. In this context, the Cerro Porteño man stood out, key in the departure of Albirroja and also fundamental in defense. He was the player with the most tackles won and the most interceptions of the tournament.
It did not dazzle but its category makes it an indisputable. Brazil was little attacked and the PSG player always responded, in addition to being very important in the air game and in the clear start from the bottom. In addition, he is every day more leader of his team and his contribution will begin to be more important in the next phases.
YERRY MINA (Colombia)
He arrived with some doubts about his level in the season and in the Playoffs, but he returned to his level. Without a doubt, his strength is the header and with it Colombia has a guarantee both in attack and defense. He was the player with the best percentage of aerial duels won and second with the most number of punts.
RENÁN LODI (Brazil)
After not playing the Playoff games, he won the place on the left in the Cup and as the games went, he improved his level until he was an undisputed starter. He finished with a great assist against Colombia and was the side that any team looking to plant in the rival field needs. With a passing effectiveness of more than 92 percent, he was one of the best in this statistical section.
An irreplaceable player for any team that counts him in their ranks. The Brazilian does the entire midfield and when Canarinha is not there, he suffers from his absence. The most complicated match for his national team was also his best performance, against Colombia. Which shows how valuable his experience and hierarchy will be in the knockout phase.
YOSHIMAR YOTÚN (Peru)
Peru had the most regular midfield of the Copa América. The trio formed by Yotún, Renato Tapia and Sergio Peña was a true guarantee and the main reason for the good Peruvian campaign. The Cruz Azul player stood out in contention and also showed his qualities to gestate. He was the footballer with the most touches of the ball so far in the tournament and the third with the most passes (with an 87 percent effectiveness).
MIGUEL ALMIRÓN (Paraguay)
Fierce defenders are always called a “guarantee”, however, constant and stubborn dribblers are also a guarantee. The Newcastle striker was one of the Albirroja’s main arguments and their best player along with Ángel Romero. He is the third player with the most dribbles, behind Lionel Messi and Neymar. With him, Paraguay has a weapon ready for any moment.
CHRISTIAN CUEVA (Peru)
A good part of Peru’s hopes are supported by Cueva’s talent, who in addition to playing perhaps the best tournament of his career with the National Team, found two great partners in Gianluca Lapadula and Peña. He is one of the six footballers who created the most scoring chances and each time he was activated, the Bicolor created danger.
Met expectations. And that’s saying a lot, because the world waited for this Copa América to see it shine. And Ney is doing it. Although he did not play against Colombia, he was by far the player who created the most chances (7 against the seconds, who had only 2) and the one who gave the most key passes (13). In addition, he finished second in dribbling and shooting on goal. Beyond the numbers, his quality appeared and Brazil relies on his talent to win the title.
LIONEL MESSI (Argentina)
The best player in the championship. It seems obvious, because every time Messi plays he is the figure by his simple presence. But this time it is not only that, but it was gravitating in all the games and Argentina raises its expectations thanks to how well its star is. He has been the player with the most: goals, dribbles and shots on goal. He played every minute and is focused on achieving his first international title. With him, everything is possible for the Albiceleste.
Wuilker Fariñez (Venezuela); Junior Alonso (Paraguay), Gary Medel (Chile), José Giménez (Uruguay); Erick Pulgar (Chile), Juan Cuadrado (Colombia), Jhegson Méndez (Ecuador), Matías Vecino (Uruguay); Alejandro Gómez (Argentina), Ángel Romero (Paraguay), Ben Brereton (Chile).