The U.S. won last night! All is right in the world in the Copa América Centenario host country, until the next crisis.
What's up in today's edition of the Copa América? Brazil get a chance at redemption after their last outing, while Ecuador vs. Peru could end up being the decisive game in this group when all's said and done. Here's what to watch for on Wednesday:
Brazil vs. Haiti, 4:30 pm PT, FS1, UniMás, UDN
Brazil looked like doo-doo against Ecuador in the first game. Now, I think Ecuador is pretty good, and we all kind of knew this Brazil roster wasn't going to be great, but for them to be saved by a bad call from losing, they look really bad.
The best news for them is that they're going against one of the weakest teams in the field tonight, given a chance to rack up a comfortable win, and then pretty much put the opener behind them. Smart money is on a win, but it will be interesting to see how well they ultimately play.
That said, if Brazil's going to lay an egg in this tournament, for entertainment's sake it might just be better for Haiti to grab the enormous upset. It would surely be the signature win for Les Grenadiers in the last several decades, and it may not put Brazil out of their misery, but actually put their advancement past the group stage in doubt. It's unlikely, but wouldn't it be something if they actually sprung the upset?
Ecuador vs. Peru, 7 pm PT, FS2, UniMás, UDN
Peru are the surprise team atop Group B at the moment, and another win here will book their ticket to the quarterfinal. They are playing with a largely domestic-based squad, mostly players unknown on the global stage, and yet they got the job done against Haiti. Of course, Ecuador is a better team than Haiti, so this will be a tougher test for Peru.
Ecuador should be the favorite here, but they've still got a monkey on their back -- they almost got gifted a legitimate win against Brazil, but had to unfairly settle for a draw -- and their historically poor Copa América record may weigh on them. Still, they have plenty of skill all over the field and should get the win in this game. Anything less will be a massive disappointment and possibly leave them out of the reckoning for the quarterfinals.
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