The Copa America 2021 quarter-finals are over. Argentina reached the semifinals after winning 3-0 over Ecuador with goals from Rodrigo De Paul, Lautaro Martínez and Lionel Messi. La Albiceleste will play against Colombia for a spot in the big final.
The first half was tight with both teams having chances to score. However, La Albiceleste struck first after a good and quick combination between Messi and Rodrigo De Paul. Ecuador tried to tie the game but Emiliano Martínez saved some shots to prevent that.
Then, in the second half, the match’s rhythm slowed a little, with Argentina struggling to attack and Ecuador getting closer to their arc. But when Angel Di María and Guido Rodríguez stepped up on the pitch, La Albiceleste got better. Lautaro Martínez and Lionel Messi, with a free-kick goal, rounded the victory.
Argentina vs Ecuador: Match Preview
The most exciting part of the Copa America 2021 has begun with the knockout stages. Argentina and Ecuador will face off today, July 3, looking for a place in the semifinals. Here, you'll find everything there is to know about this match, such as information, storylines, predictions, odds, and even how to watch this can't-miss game in the US.
La Albiceleste want to continue their path to a long-awaited continental title after a strong beginning to their campaign. Lionel Scaloni's side arrives at this game after winning its last three matches. Will Argentina have another good performance to keep on chasing the trophy?
Meanwhile, La Tri have earned their spot in the quarterfinals in a dramatic Matchday 5 of Zone B in which they snatched a point from Brazil. Gustavo Alfaro's men remain winless in the Copa America 2021 but that won't prevent them from trying to upset a strong contender for the title.
Argentina vs Ecuador: Match Information
Date: Saturday, July 3, 2021
Time: 9 PM (ET)
Location: Estadio Olímpico Pedro Ludovico Teixeira, Goiania
Argentina vs Ecuador: Time by State in the US
ET: 9 PM
CT: 8 PM
MT: 7 PM
PT: 6 PM
Argentina vs Ecuador: Storylines and Head-to-Head
Argentina have taken care of business in Group A and comfortably sealed a place in the quarterfinals. However, every game will be a must-win from now on, and there won't be room for any mistakes. Besides, they are under pressure to bring home a highly desired Copa America trophy.
On the other hand, Ecuador have had a weak beginning to their tournament as they haven't won so far. Gustavo Alfaro, however, changed the team's fortunes since he arrived in 2020, turning it into a difficult opponent for any other team.
Then again, Argentina have been dominant over Ecuador throughout the Copa America history. This will be the 16th meeting between them in this tournament, and La Albiceleste have the edge with ten wins, while they've tied in the other five matches.
Argentina vs Ecuador: Copa America 2021 Top Scorers
As expected, Lionel Messi is Argentina's leading goalscorer in Copa America 2021 with three goals, being the tournament's leader as well. Meanwhile, Ayrton Preciado is Ecuador's top scorer as he found the net twice so far.
How to watch or live stream Argentina vs Ecuador in the US
The game to be played between Argentina and Ecuador at Estadio Olímpico in Goiania for the Copa America 2021 quarterfinals will be broadcast in the US by FuboTV. Other options: Univision, FOX Sports App, TUDN USA, Fox Sports 1, Foxsports.com, Univision NOW, TUDN.com, TUDN App.
Argentina vs Ecuador: Predictions and Odds
Oddsmakers in the US have already unveiled their predictions for this exciting match, and they see La Albiceleste as strong favorites. FanDuel has given Argentina odds of -260, while Ecuador have +650, and a tie would result in a +320 payout.
* Odds via FanDuel.