The Copa América entered the final stretch after the group stage and the quarterfinals are coming, with the eight best teams in search of the title at the end of the road in Maracana.
THE NUMBERS OF THE FIRST ROUND
Brazil, the top candidate, met expectations and was selected with the best numbers in terms of attack. And it is not surprising. It was the set most goalscorer, with ten goals and also the one who had the most shots on goal, with 49. In addition, that power was supported by possession: was the one with the best percentage: 61.8 percent.
Argentina is his great opponent in the fight for the title. And that is seen in the numbers. Was the second highest scorer and also ranked second in shots on target. Meanwhile, the hand of Lionel Messi was the selection what more fouls did he receive, with 69, ten more than Brazil.
Even if Ecuador He did not win any game, he was one of the selected ones that tried the most. In fact, it surpassed the two continental giants in the field of dribbling. In total, he had 103 attempts, with 57 completed. Argentina was left with 91 (53) and Brazil with 84 (51).
The intensity of La Tri matches is seen in other statistics. In the field balls contested, La Tri was also at the top, with 483 (233 won and 250 lost). Colombia seconded it, with 469 (252 and 217) and Brazil came third, with 456 (254 and 202). Also, the Ecuadorian team was the one that had the most losses in the tournament and the second with more fouls committed, behind Paraguay.
The work of the Peru midfield was very good and from there its classification was built. With 246, it was the team that recovered the ball the most times, along with Colombia. Then there was Brazil.
Lionel Messi was, without a doubt, the best player in the championship so far. You don’t have to dig into the numbers to make this statement, but when you do that exercise, the statement takes on even more prominence.
He was the player with the most: goals (3), assists (2), shots on goal (10), shots (14), dribbles (30), dribbles won (22), minutes played (along with another 18 he played 100 percent) and passes on the field contrary (172).
In addition, he finished third in disputed balls, with 65 of which he won 41 and lost 24, and in field duels, with 63 (41 and 22).
The difference with the rest, even with Neymar, second in most categories, it was overwhelming. The ten Brazilian only surpassed it in fouls received, as he led with 18.
Of the “mortals”, it stands out the great Yoshimar Yotún tournament. The Peruvian, key piece of a great medicampo formed together with Sergio Peña and Renato Tapia, was the one who he had more interventions (353 against 352 by Charles Aránguiz); more balls recovered (38) and was third in passes, with 272. Junior Alonso was first in this section, with 288 and Aránguiz second with 278.
From Juan Guillermo Cuadrado expected a lot and the paisa was omnipresent in Colombia. Was the one most balls played in the tournament, with 74 (39 won and 35 lost) and he was above Neymar and Messi, who closed the podium. He was also the third with the most fouls committed (Pervis Estupiñán led) and also the third with the most infractions received and the most passes he gave in the rival field.
In the item centers, the leader was another player who was expected a lot and had good and bad so far. Pervis Estupiñán sent 39, 13 of which were positive. Square was second.