NEWS | 19/06/2019Casemiro and Militão are into the semi-finals and will face Argentina.
Brazil-Argentina (Wednesday 3, 02:30am CEST).
Casemiro and Militão are in Brazil's squad for the Copa América. Tite's charges, who took their place in Group A, began their tournament campaign with a win over Bolivia at São Paulo's Morumbi Stadium as Casemiro completed the full 90 minutes. The midfielder was again in action in the goalless stalemate against Venezuela at the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador de Bahía, playing 56 minutes. Brazil thrashed Peru at the Corinthians Arena in São Paulo in the final group game as Casemiro opened the scoring for the hosts, who qualified for the quarter-finals as group winners. After overcoming Paraguay on penalties, the hosts advanced to the semi-finals. The suspended Casemiro didn't feature in the last-eight clash after having picked up a series of bookings.
Valverde featured in Uruguay's comprehensive win over Ecuador, in which the Whites’ midfielder came on in the second half. He also played in the second match, which ended in a draw against Kubo’s Japan. Against Chile, Valverde played 91 minutes in the win that saw his side go top of the group. In the quarter-final,Valverde started against Peru but came off prior to the penalties, which saw Uruguay lose.
Takefusa Kubo is in the Japan side competing in their second Copa América. Also lining up in Group C, they lost their opening game against Chile at the Morumbi Stadium in São Paulo as the madridista midfielder played the full 90 minutes. The Japanese team drew against Valverde's Uruguay in their second match, in which Kubo came on in the second half. In the third match, a 1-1 draw against Ecuador wasn't enough to see the Japanese qualify for the next round. The Real Madrid player played the whole game and was one of the standout performers.