Leverkusen Bayer Leverkusen’s South Americans have a good chance of making it into the knockout round of the continental championship. While Charles Aránguiz is part of Chile’s national team, the Argentine Exequiel Palacios has only played as a substitute so far.
Fans of South American football need to be flexible these days. Because: The Copa América, the counterpart to the European Championship, was not shown either on TV or on the usual streaming services on the Internet at the start of the tournament. In the meantime, the special interest broadcaster Sportdigitalfußball broadcasts the remaining games on pay TV with German commentary, while the games are available free of charge in English on the Internet on the soccer media platform Onefootball. We show how the two participating professionals from Leverkusen have done so far at the continental tournament in Brazil.
Charles Aránguiz The Bayer 04 captain was in the starting line-up in his Chilean team’s 1-1 draw against Argentina and played through in midfield alongside the former Leverkusen player Arturo Vidal. Argentina’s superstar Lionel Messi made it 1-0 with a directly converted free kick, Eduardo Vargas headed the equalizer after Vidal had previously missed a penalty. In the second group game against Bolivia (1-0), Aránguiz’s team-mate Ben Brereton scored the early winning goal, the Leverkusen-based man again went the full distance. The game continues for Chile on Monday (11 p.m. CET) against Uruguay, which started the tournament with a 0-1 against Argentina.
Exequiel Palacios The second Bayer professional at the South American Championships was substituted on in the first two games of his Argentinians. In a direct encounter against his club colleague Aránguiz his coach Lionel Scaloni brought him after 52 minutes, in the win against Uruguay (goalscorer: Guido Rodriguez) he came into the game 22 minutes before the end. For the 22-year-old midfielder, it was the international appearances nine and ten. On Tuesday night (2 a.m. CET), Palacios and Argentina will meet Paraguay.
outlook Argentina and Chile currently lead Group A with four points each. In the parallel group, Brazil took the lead with two wins at the beginning. Since the four best teams from both groups of five qualify for the quarter-finals, the chances are good that both Aránguiz and Palacios will reach the knockout phase with their teams. The Copa final will take place on July 11th in Rio de Janeiro.