The contingent of Mexico-based players in the 2015 Copa América has dwindled significantly from the group stage, but there are still 11 Liga MX players representing four countries in the quarterfinals, and you can keep track of their involvement, results, and upcoming matches here.
Paraguay – Quarterfinals
Paraguay has the most Liga MX players of any country remaining in the tournament, with seven, and they will continue into the semifinals after Paraguay downed Brazil in a penalty shootout.
Five of Paraguay’s Liga MXers got on the field, with Toluca’s Paulo da Silva, Cruz Azul’s Roque Santa Cruz, and América’s Pablo Aguilar playing the full 90, while Toluca’s Édgar Benítez started and played 84 minutes and América’s Osvaldo Martínez came on as a sub in the 77th minute.
Brazil took the lead in the 15th minute through Robinho, who scored from close range after Roberto Firmino let Dani Alves’s low cross through at the near post. That would prove to be Brazil’s only touch of the ball in Paraguay’s box in the first half as the Guaraníes’ well-organized defense continually frustrated the Brazilians.
Nevertheless, that lone goal was looking to be enough until a late equalizer changed everything. Thiago Silva committed a bizarre handball offense, handing a cross in the box as he jockeyed for position with Roque Santa Cruz, which gave Paraguay a chance from the penalty spot.
Derlis González converted the spot kick in the 72nd minute, and with the score still knotted at 1-1 at the end of the 90 minutes, the game went to a penalty shootout, where González’s kick would once again prove decisive.
Brazil took the first kick of the penalty shootout, with Fernandinho stepping up. Justo Villar got a hand to the kick put couldn’t keep it out. America’s Osvaldo Martínez responded by placing his penalty into the left-hand corner to tie it 1-1.
Everton Ribeiro then missed for Brazil, sending his shot wide of the post. That allowed Paraguay to pull ahead through Víctor Cáceres, who sent his straight down the middle. Miranda and Raúl Bobadilla then exchanged goals to make it 2-3 before Douglas Costa added a second miss for Brazil, skying his shot over the crossbar. Cruz Azul’s Roque Santa Cruz had the chance to win it for Paraguay, but he also put his PK into orbit.
Philippe Coutinho then scored to keep Brazil’s hopes alive, but Derlis González beat Jefferson to give Paraguay the win, 4-3 after five rounds. This marks the second consecutive Copa América where Paraguay has eliminated Brazil on penalties, and the Guaraníes will now face neighboring Argentina in the semifinals.
Toluca’s Richard Ortiz and América’s Miguel Ángel Samudio did not play for Paraguay.
Next game: Semifinal vs Argentina – Tuesday, June 30th – 7:30 PM – BeIn Sports / BeIn Español