Copa America 2019: Quarterfinals Schedule, Power Rankings

With the formalities of the group stages now in the history books, the Copa America comes to a boil over the next three days.

The knockout stage gets underway on Thursday as Brazil takes on Paraguay in the opening quarterfinal. On Friday, Venezuela faces Argentina and Colombia plays Chile, before Uruguay vs. Peru completes the picture on Saturday.

Here, Newsweek ranks all the teams that have progressed to quarterfinals.

1. Brazil

After a slow start the hosts burst into life in the final game of the group, trouncing Peru 5-0. The Selecao has scored more goals than any other team in the tournament and they have monopolized the ball, averaging 64.9 percent of possession per game.

Without Neymar, Gremio winger Everton Soares has emerged as one of Brazil's main attacking weapons. The 23-year-old has scored twice and provided one assist despite playing just 117 minutes across three games.

Against Paraguay, Casemiro's absence could be costly as the Real Madrid man has been the perfect foil for Arthur in midfield.

Brazil, Copa America
Everton of Brazil celebrates after scoring the third goal of his team with teammates during the Copa America Brazil 2019 group A match between Peru and Brazil at Arena Corinthians on June 22 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Buda Mendes/Getty

2. Colombia

Any hopes Colombia had of flying under radar disappeared after it beat Argentina in the opening game. Carlos Queiroz's men are the only team to arrive in the quarterfinals with a 100 percent record and are yet to concede a goal.

Los Cafeteros have plenty of options—a case illustrated by the fact only Juan Cuadrado has started all three games—and Queiroz might have to make a bold call over Radamel Falcao.

The forward, an icon of Colombian soccer, is yet to score, while Duvan Zapata has scored twice in just 123 minutes. All the same, it would be surprising to see Queiroz drop Falcao against Chile.

3. Chile

Along with Colombia, Chile has been the most impressive team of the tournament so far. After winning the last two editions of the Copa America, this year was supposed to be a swansong for Chile's golden generation but Reinaldo Rueda's team has defied gloomy forecast.

After a dismal 18 months at Manchester United, Alexis Sanchez has rediscovered his old self, scoring twice and providing an assist.

Fellow veteran Arturo Vidal has been excellent in midfield alongside Charles Aranguiz and Erick Pulgar and Chile has reasons for optimism ahead of its meeting with Colombia.

4. Uruguay

With seven goals in three games, Uruguay is second only to Brazil in terms of goals scored. On the face of it, the figure isn't overly surprising for a side boasting the attacking talent of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani. However, it becomes quite significant when one considers the relative shortage of creative options at Oscar Tabarez's disposal.

Solidity, another of Uruguay's trademark traits, went missing in a 2-2 draw against Japan and Tabarez must address the issue against Peru.

Luis Suarez, Uruguay
Edinson Cavani (L) of Uruguay celebrates with teammate Luis Suarez after scoring the first goal of his team during the Copa America Brazil 2019 group C match between Chile and Uruguay at Maracana Stadium on June 24 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Alexandre Schneider/Getty

5. Argentina

The positive news for Argentina begins and ends with the fact it has reached the quarterfinals. A 2-0 win over Qatar rescued a Copa America campaign that was in danger of petering out after one point in two games, but the Albiceleste was far from impressive.

Lionel Messi has once again been unable to reach the heights he routinely conquers for Barcelona, scoring just once so far—and that came from the penalty spot.

Argentina lacks fluidity in midfield, which in turns stifles its attacking options and could make life harder against a solid Venezuela team in the quarterfinals. Should Argentina progress to the semifinals, it would face Brazil.

6. Venezuela

Venezuela has been defensively resolute in the group stages, continuing a trend that has seen it going from strength-to-strength in recent years. La Vinotinto has conceded just once so far and goalkeeper Wuilker Faríñez has been among the best players in the tournament.

At the other end of the pitch, Salomon Rondo and Josef Martinez will fancy their chances to cause Argentina's defense troubles.

7. Peru

Peru qualified as the best of the third-ranked teams, despite being on the receiving end of a 5-0 shellacking by Brazil. A side that relies heavily on physicality, Peru's life has been made harder by the loss of Jefferson Farfan.

The forward, one of the only three Peruvians to score in this tournament, has been ruled out of the Copa America with a knee injury. The role of the underdogs might suit Ricardo Gareca's men just fine but beating Uruguay seems a step too far.

8. Paraguay

The second of the two third-ranked teams to qualify, Paraguay has lived up to its fans' worst fears. Short of quality, the team scored just three goals in three games, winning none. It is hard to make case for Eduardo Berizzo's men against Brazil on Thursday.

Schedule (all times ET)

Thursday, June 27

  • Brazil vs Paraguay 8:30 p.m., ESPN+, Telemundo

Friday, June 28

  • Venezuela vs Argentina 3 p.m., ESPN+, Telemundo
  • Colombia vs Chile 7 p.m., ESPN+, Telemundo

Saturday, June 29

  • Peru vs Uruguay 3 p.m., ESPN+, Telemundo