Copa America: Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho says Brazil possess 'a lot of motivation'

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Philippe Coutinho has stressed Brazil will be highly motivated as they look to secure a Copa America quarter-final place with victory over Peru.

Hosts Brazil need at least a draw in their final Group A match to be certain of a place in the last eight after being held to a frustrating goalless draw by Venezuela in midweek.

But victory at the Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo would see them go through as group winners and, after being booed off by their own fans last time out, Coutinho is determined to deliver.

The Barcelona playmaker said on the Brazil website, www.cbf.com.br: “We have a lot of motivation for this game, a very important game.

“It is certainly a very difficult game, against a very strong opponent, as everyone in the Copa America is.

“We have one more day of work and (the coaches) will be passing on to us all the information so that we are aware of everything.”

The draw with Venezuela has increased the pressure on Brazil manager Tite in the home tournament.

The side were also criticised for a lacklustre performance in their opener against Bolivia, despite winning 3-0.

Yet with Peru enjoying similar results – beating Bolivia and drawing against Venezuela – the two sides are level at the top of the group.

With two third-placed sides qualifying for the last eight, Brazil could go through even with a loss but Tite needs a more convincing performance.

Without Neymar in this tournament, his key selection decisions concern his forwards.

David Neres, Richarlison and Roberto Firmino have all failed to score in the opening games and there have been calls for Everton, who came off the bench to strike against Bolivia, or Gabriel Jesus to start.

The other match in the group sees Venezuela, looking to put pressure on the sides above them, take on Bolivia in Belo Horizonte.

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Copa America: Man United flop Alexis Sanchez sends Chile into the quarter-finals

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Alexis Sanchez scored the winner as Chile moved into the Copa America quarter-finals with a 2-1 victory over Ecuador.

The Manchester United forward netted six minutes into the second half for his second goal of the tournament, moving the two-time defending champions on to six points and the lead in Group C.

Jose Pedro Fuenzalida opened the scoring after just seven minutes as Chile made a perfect start to the match in Salvador, but that lead was cancelled out when Enner Valencia converted from the spot in the 26th minute.

Goalkeeper Gabriel Arias took down Jhegson Mendez to concede the penalty and Valencia struck straight down the middle to put Ecuador back into the game.

Chile reclaimed the lead early after the break, however, as Sanchez beat the keeper off a cross from Charles Aranguiz in the 51st minute.

Erick Pulgar had a chance in the 64th minute as Chile managed to control the late stages of the match and put themselves in a commanding position with one game still to play.

Ecuador finished with 10 men when Gabriel Achilier was shown a red card in the 89th minute, with the game seeing a total of nine yellow cards.

In their final game, Chile will face Uruguay in a decider for the group top spot, while Ecuador, who are yet to earn a point, will take on Japan.

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Copa America: Barcelona hero Lionel Messi nets second-half penalty to keep Argentina alive

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Lionel Messi scored on a second-half penalty and kept Argentina’s hopes of clearing the Copa America’s group stages alive in their 1-1 draw against Paraguay.

Richard Sanchez had opened the scoring in Belo Horizonte to put Paraguay ahead in the 37th minute.

Argentina’s opportunity to level up came just before the hour after the Video Assistant Referee picked up a handball by Paraguay’s Ivan Peris.

While bottom of Group B, a win over Qatar in the final group game could give La Albiceleste a ticket to the quarter-finals, if they finish the stage as one of the two best teams to place third in their group.

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