Copa America 2021: Quarterfinals Bracket, TV Schedule and How to Watch Online

After dragged-out group stages that eliminated just two of the 10 participants, the Copa America reaches its business end this weekend with the quarterfinals getting underway on Friday.

Peru, runner-up in Group B behind Brazil, kicks things off on Friday afternoon when it faces Paraguay, which finished third in Group A behind Argentina and Uruguay and could be without forward Miguel Almirón. The Newcastle United striker scored in the win against Chile last week, but was forced off the field with a knee injury in the 1-0 loss to Uruguay.

Friday's second game sees Brazil take on Chile in Rio de Janeiro. Champions on home soil two years ago, the Seleção has so far lived up to its pre-tournament favorite tag and looks a good bet to defend its title after topping Group B with 10 points in four games.

Brazil boasts the most prolific attack in the tournament and the joint-meanest defense with 10 goals scored and just two conceded and will relish its chances against a Chile side that scored just three times and conceded four goals through its group games.

On Saturday, Uruguay faces Colombia in what is arguably the hardest quarterfinal tie to call. Inspired by the goals of Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez, Uruguay overcame a slow start to finish second in Group A behind Argentina and if the veteran strikers continue their rich vein of form, La Celeste remains a threat for any team.

Colombia underwhelmed in the group stages, finishing third in Group B with four points but led against Brazil for 70 minutes, before ultimately losing 2-1.

Argentina, meanwhile, will have to beat Ecuador in the last quarterfinal tie on Saturday to keep its quest to win a major tournament for the first time since 1993 alive.

The Albiceleste topped Group A with 10 points, scoring seven goals and conceding just twice and has largely looked like a much better drilled team than in previous tournaments.

Lionel Messi, who turned 34 last week, will be all too aware that time is running out for him to win a major international tournament.

Here's all you need to know to keep up with the action.

Neymar and Leo Messi
Brazil forward Neymar (L) during the Group B match against Colombia at Estadio Olímpico Nilton Santos on June 23 in Rio de Janeiro and Argentina captain Lionel Messi during the Group A match against and Bolivia at Arena Pantanal on June 28, 2021 in Cuiaba, Brazil. Buda Mendes/Wagner Meier/Getty Images

When Do the 2021 Copa America Quarterfinals begin?

The knockout phase kicks off on Friday afternoon when Peru faces Paraguay in the first quarterfinal, before Chile challenges Brazil. The following day sees Uruguay take on Colombia, followed by Argentina against Ecuador.

The semifinals are scheduled for July 5 and July 6, with the third place playoff to be held on Friday, July 9 and the final taking place on Saturday, July 10.

How to Watch the 2021 Copa America on TV and Online

FOX Sports will broadcast the knockout stages across its channels, while Univision and TUDN will broadcast the games in Spanish, as it has been the case through the group phase.

Every game of the knockout stage will be available for live stream via FOX Sports, Univision and TUDN's digital platforms. Streaming services like fuboTV, Sling TV, Hulu + Live TV and Vidgo will also broadcast every game.

Arturo Vidal at the Copa America
Colombia at the Copa America
Ayrton Preciado of Ecuador
Andre Carrillo at the Copa America
Paraguay striker Miguel Almiron
Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani
Neymar at the Copa America
Leo Messi at the Copa America
The Copa America quarterfinalists.

Copa America 2021 quarterfinals TV schedule

All times ET

Friday, July 2

Game 1: Peru vs. Paraguay—5 p.m., FS1, Univision, TUDN
Game 2: Brazil vs. Chile—8 p.m., FS1, UniMas, TUDN

Saturday, July 3

Game 3: Uruguay vs. Colombia—6 p.m., FS2, Univision, TUDN
Game 4: Argentina vs. Ecuador—9 p.m., FS1, Univision, TUDN

The winner of Game 1 and Game 2 will meet in the first semifinal on July 5, and the winners of Game 3 and Game 4 will play in the second semifinal a day later.

Copa America 2021 odds

Brazil remains the team to beat for the bookmakers'. The defending champions are 8-11 favorites with DraftKings and 4-6 with William Hill, followed by Argentina at 5-2 and Uruguay at 10-1. Colombia is an 18-1 dark horse, while Paraguay and Chile are both 25-1 outsiders and Peru and Ecuador are 33-1 and 40-1 respectively.