Saturday features an action-packed schedule with three games at the 2016 Copa America tournament.
The first day of the competition only saw Colombia and the United States square off in a 2-0 defeat for the Americans. Perennial favorite Brazil against a tough Ecuadorian team will headline the tournament's second day.
Keep reading for the results for Saturday and a look ahead to Sunday's action.
|2016 Copa America Results and Schedule|
|Saturday, June 4||Location||Group||Score|
|Costa Rica vs. Paraguay||Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida||A||0-0 Draw|
|Haiti vs. Peru||CenturyLink Field, Seattle||B||1-0 Peru|
|Brazil vs. Ecuador||Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena, California||B||0-0 Draw|
|Sunday, June 5||Group||Time (ET)|
|Jamaica vs. Venezuela||Soldier Field, Chicago||C||5 p.m.|
|Mexico vs. Uruguay||University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale Arizona||C||8 p.m.|
|2016 Copa America Standings|
|Group A||Group B||Group C||Group D|
|Colombia (3 Points)||Peru (3 Points)||Jamaica (N/A)||Argentina (N/A)|
|Costa Rica (1 Point)||Brazil (1 Point)||Mexico (N/A)||Bolivia (N/A)|
|Paraguay (1 Point)||Ecuador (1 Point)||Uruguay (N/A)||Chile (N/A)|
|USA (0 Points)||Haiti (0 Points)||Venezuela (N/A)||Panama (N/A)|
Costa Rica vs. Paraguay
According to FIFA's world rankings, Costa Rica, No. 23, should have been the favorite heading into its opening match with Paraguay, No. 44. Yet it was the underdog that controlled play in the first half.
In a first frame that was scarce in scoring opportunities, the Paraguayans posted slightly better numbers, per the Orlando Sentinel's Alicia DelGallo:
Neither team was able to put together any sustained offense, as the physical half saw a lot of non-threatening passing around midfield. Paraguay had a tremendous advantage on corner kicks, but none of its opportunities amounted to any significant shots. The teams also combined for 12 fouls in the half.
The scoreless half was a good sign for the U.S., according to Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl:
Costa Rica started the half strong, forcing a corner in the opening minutes. It also started to level out the possession numbers.
However, the game reverted back to a similar pace as in the first half. Both teams again did not create much noise offensively, as the two squads seemed to be playing not to lose rather than going for the win.
Paraguay has a history of drawing at Copa America, per the tournament's Twitter page:
Costa Rica will be without star goalkeeper Keylor Navas, so it will need to generate more offense than it did Saturday to feel more comfortable about its chances moving forward.
Paraguay is the weakest team on paper in Group A, so a 0-0 draw is not a negative result. However, with the U.S. losing Friday, the Paraguayans and the Costa Ricans blew a chance to gain a considerable advantage in the group, as a win from either would have put the Americans in a moderate hole.
Costa Rica will play the U.S. on Tuesday, while Paraguay takes on Colombia later on the same night.
Haiti vs. Peru
Much to the contrary of the day's first fixture, Haiti and Peru created more offense as the teams played with more energy than Costa Rica and Paraguay.
The two ended the first half scoreless, but each side had its chances.
Haiti's Mechack Jerome nearly scored a brilliant free-kick goal, but he just missed, courtesy of Fox Sports:
Peru's Edison Flores almost scored the day's first goal right before half with some slick awareness in the box, but the shot rang off of the iron, per Fox Sports:
Peru controlled the play in the second half, as it sustained consistent offensive pressure on Haiti's half of the pitch. Paolo Guerrero then finally converted, courtesy of Fox Sports:
Guerrero is an accomplished scorer at this tournament, per Copa America:
His 11th tally was a milestone for the veteran, according to Copa America:
Peru finished with 10 shots to Haiti's six. The Haitians had a free-kick in the attacking third late in stoppage time, but they were unable to find the back of the net.
Peru had greater possession at 52 percent and was just a bit more polished with the ball, which was evident by its 88 percent passing completion rate. Haiti finished with a rate of 86 percent, but it attempted 39 less passes.
The three points Peru earned are crucial, since it will likely battle with Ecuador for the second spot behind Brazil in Group B. Haiti is now in deep trouble, as it will need to earn at least four points combined against Brazil and Ecuador.
Peru will play Ecuador on Wednesday, while Haiti will take on Brazil.
Brazil vs. Ecuador
Brazil is a contender in any tournament it enters, but the team is missing its biggest star for the 2016 Copa America.
Neymar will not be playing, which typically spells trouble for the Brazilians, according to ESPN FC:
Still, Brazil boasts a star-studded lineup, which was on display early in Pasadena.
Philippe Coutinho nearly converted from point-blank range off a nice feed from Willian, but Esteban Dreer just got a hand on the ball to deflect it over the net. Check out the nifty work from Willian, courtesy of Fox Soccer:
Brazil proceeded to dominate the remainder of the half, as it outshot Ecuador four-to-two while holding 65 percent possession.
The Brazilians continued to control the ball in the second half, but they struggled to create quality scoring chances. This nearly came back to haunt them, as the team received an extraordinary break, courtesy of Fox Soccer:
It was deemed that the ball was out of play before being directed towards goal, but part of the ball appeared to be on the byline before being struck. Fox Sports' Alexi Lalas questioned the extent of the goal-line technology:
Brazil failed to capitalize on its good fortune. Outside of a header from Lucas in the 84th minute, the Brazilians could not threaten the goal.
The draw is certainly disappointing, but Brazil is still the class of Group B. It was stout on defense, as it only conceded four shots. The Brazilians should still be favored to win over Haiti and Peru.
Ecuador has to be thrilled with the result. It was outplayed all night, as was expected, but the team was able to hang on for a point. Assuming the team eventually takes care of business against Haiti, a win against Peru should put Ecuador through to the next round.
Statistics are courtesy of CA2016.com unless otherwise noted.