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We’re down to the final four at the Copa America Centenario after a wild quarter-final round. On a somewhat surprising note, Brazil made an early exit, resulting in their coach, Dunga, getting sacked. Here’s a look at the action up to this point as well as a preview of the semifinals.

The American hosts got the quarter-finals started with a 2-1 win over Ecuador. Clint Dempsey scored the opener and set-up Gyasi Zardes’ game winning goal. Dempsey now has three goals in the tournament, making him the third-top goal scorer. The Americans’ most successful Copa America performance came in 1995, when they finished in fourth place.

Colombia and Peru faced off in the second quarter-final game, which was scoreless at the end of 120 minutes of play. Colombia eked out a 4-2 win through penalties, and victory was sweet after failing to make the semifinals in the last two Copa America tournaments.

Argentina got a pair of goals from Gonzalo Higuain and single goals from Erik Lamela and Lionel Messi in a 4-1 win over Venezuela. Messi now has four goals in the tournament, making him the second top goal-scorer behind Chile's Eduardo Vargas, who put on a show with his team in the final game of the quarter-finals. Chile destroyed Mexico 7-0, with Vargas scoring four, Alexis Sanchez scoring one and Edson Puch netting a pair for the reigning Copa America champions.

The semifinals start Tuesday with USA taking on Argentina in Houston at 9 PM ET. Argentina is a heavy -220 favourite while the Americans are +650 and the draw is +330. The two have met 10 times with Argentina winning six times and drawing twice. There were fears about how Messi was feeling coming into this tournament after a long season with Barcelona, but he’s been his spectacular self and would love to lead Argentina to the Promised Land after finishing second in three of the last four Copa Americas. The United States lack Argentina's pedigree, but they've played well after losing their tournament opener to Colombia. They’ll have to be shooting from all cylinders to compensate for the absence of midfielder Jermaine Jones, who was shown a red card against Ecuador.

The second match features Chile and Colombia in Glendale, Arizona. Chile is a slight +150 favourite while Colombia comes in at +195 and the draw at +215. Out of 36 meetings, Chile has 14 wins over Colombia, who has 10 wins of their own; they've drawn 12 times. Their most recent two meetings ended in draws: a 3-3 draw in October 2013 and a 1-1 draw in November 2015. There’s going to be a fascinating midfield battle as the Colombian duo of James Rodriguez and Edwin Cardona go up against Chile's Arturo Vidal and Sanchez. This has the potential to be the best game of the tournament.

 

*Odds as of June 20, 2016