Copa America

Brazil focusing on positives ahead of Argentina semi

Afp, Belo Horizonte

2 July, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Brazil center-back Thiago Silva says the hosts are concentrating on positive thoughts ahead of their Copa America semi-final against Argentina, at the scene of one of their most disastrous experiences on a football field.

The Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte, where the two South American giants will face off on Tuesday for a place in the Copa America final, was where Brazil collapsed spectacularly in the World Cup semi-final against Germany in 2014.

“No-one here has amnesia, nor will they forget what happened, but that’s life, we can’t get stuck in the bad things from the past. We have to think about good things,” said Silva.

Brazil have to a certain extent already overcome their Mineirao demons by beating Argentina 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier in that stadium in 2016, but this will be their first return to the theatre of horrors in a major competition.

The Brazilians won the last El Clasico, which was a friendly game played on a neutral location thanks to a late goal scored by Joao Miranda. The visiting side won only two times from the previous twenty matches. Just one of the previous five games between Brazil and Argentina produced over 2.5 goals, while another one witnessed goals at both ends.

Brazil are undefeated in their last fourteen encounters and managed to win eleven of those. The five-time World Champions scored three or more goals in three of the previous five games. Tite’s players kept sixteen clean sheets in their last twenty matches and hit the back of the nets in eighteen of these meetings.

Argentina won their last two matches with the same scoreline of 0:2 but they started the South American campaign in a unsatisfyingway as they were winless in their first two group stage games.