Guide to Day 8 of Copa América: see schedule, line-ups, and where to watch

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The second round of Group C kicks off with the hosts United States facing Panama and favorites Uruguay against Bolivia in Battery.

Fans in Uncle Sam’s land will have an extra reason to smile following the eighth day of Copa América 2024 games. Today’s matches feature two clashes from the second round of Group C, with hosts United States potentially sealing their spot in the next round if they defeat Panama at 7 PM in Atlanta. Meanwhile, Uruguay could also advance to the Round of 16 by overcoming Bolivia at 10 PM in New Jersey.

The table standings reflect the expected favoritism and clear gap between the teams. Sitting second with three points and a positive goal difference of two, the US team needs a win to secure their place in the Round of 16. They narrowly miss the top spot due to scoring one goal less than Uruguay, who lead the group with the same points and goal difference. On the other hand, Panama, in third place, faces elimination with another loss.

Uruguay, under Marcelo Bielsa’s guidance, is riding high after a dominant debut and is emerging as a title contender. Featuring players familiar to Brazilian football, La Celeste can also secure a spot in the knockout stage with a victory, while Bolivia faces heightened risk of elimination with a loss.

In the opening round, Uruguay defeated Panama 3-1, and the United States triumphed over Bolivia with a score of 2-0. The top two teams from the group will face the duo advancing from Group B (Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Paraguay) in the quarterfinals.

Check below for more details on Day 8’s Copa América matches.

Panama vs. United States

Traditional rivals in Concacaf tournaments in North America, Panama and the United States now meet in South America’s premier competition. Playing at home, the US team has a golden opportunity to avenge their previous loss to Panama in the Copa Oro semifinals on penalties. As group runners-up, a victory secures a spot in the quarterfinals for the Americans, while Los Canaleros face potential elimination with another defeat.

Date: Thursday (6/27), at 7 PM
Venue: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta
Broadcast: SporTV and Globoplay

Probable Line-ups

Panama: Mosquera; Murillo, Fariña, Córdoba, Miller, Davis; Rodríguez, Martínez, Carrasquilla, Bárcenas; Fajardo. Coach: Thomas Christiansen

United States: Turner; Scally, Richards, Ream, Robinson; Musah, Reyna, McKennie; Weah, Balogun, Pulisic. Coach: Gregg Berhalter

Uruguay vs. Bolivia

As one of the most storied teams in Copa América history, Uruguay looks to reaffirm its continental prowess against Bolivia and secure an easy passage to the knockout stages. Following a dominant performance against Panama in their opener, Marcelo Bielsa’s squad aims to confirm their favoritism and chase their 16th title. On the other side, Bolivia, one of the competition’s modest teams, needs a surprise from Brazilian coach Antônio Carlos Zago to keep their qualification hopes alive, facing potential elimination with a loss. Their last encounter was a 3-0 victory for Uruguay in November 2023 during the qualifiers.

Date: Thursday (6/27), at 10 PM
Venue: MetLife Stadium, New Jersey
Broadcast: SporTV and Globoplay

Probable Line-ups

Uruguay: Rochet; Nández, Ronald Araújo, Mathías Oliveira, Viña; Valverde, Ugarte, De Arrascaeta; Pellistri, Darwin Núñez, Maximiliano Araújo. Coach: Marcelo Bielsa

Bolivia: Viscarra; Jesús Sagredo, Haquín, José Sagredo; Justiniano; Medina, Saucedo, Villamil, Terceros; Miranda, Ramallo. Coach: Antônio Carlos Zago

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