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Friday 2 June 2023 Dublin: 12°C

# Copa America

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# essential reading
Watching Rocky II with Muhammad Ali and more of the week's best sportswriting
Also, a tribute to the late Kimbo Slice and partying with Ronaldo in Bolivia at Copa America ’97.
# Copa America
Argentina 5-0 Panama: Masterful Messi scores second-half hat trick
The Argentina captain scored three goals in the second half to see the 14-time Copa America champions through to the next round.
# samba magic
Coutinho scores hat-trick as Brazil kickstart Copa America campaign with 7 goal rout of Haiti
The Liverpool midfielder inspired Brazil to a big win last night.
# california nightmares
Brazil make underwhelming Copa America start against Ecuador
The result was greeted by boos from the fans.
# problems
Beleaguered Messi arrives in California as he bids to end Copa America hoodoo
The 28-year-old playmaker later took to the field during training near Argentina’s San Jose base.
# trans-atlantic
Court date will force Messi to clock up a lot of air miles before Copa America kick-off
Messi and his father face three counts of tax fraud.
# Blow
Tearful Luis Suarez limps out of Cup final
The former Liverpool striker scored 59 goals for Barca this season.
# cut cut cut
Brazil coach Dunga leaves a host of English-based players out of Copa America squad
Firmino, Gabriel and Fernandinho among those overlooked.
# left out
Falcao's struggles continue as he fails to make 40-man Colombia squad for Copa America
It’s been a tough couple of years for the country’s joint top-scorer.
# dreaming big
Neymar desperate to play in home Olympics despite hectic schedule
As well as his commitments with Barcelona the Brazil captain has the Copa America on the horizon.
# Doping
Brazil's Fred reported to have failed a drug test during the Copa America
Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder in trouble as reports of doping positive emerge.
# Stars
Do you agree with our Copa America team of the tournament?
Finalists Argentina and Chile unsurprisingly feature heavily.
# sour grapes
Does the Brazil manager have a point when he says the Copa America is 'worthless'?
Sure they didn’t really want to win it anyway.
# Crime and Punishment
Chile player banned after Cavani arse tickle
Gonzalo Jara’s Cope America appears to be over as a result of his recent actions.
# Star Performers
Power ranking the Copa America's 7 best performers so far
Teams have set out with a defensive mindset in this year’s tournament, meaning no strikers feature.
# Reaction
Brazil coach apologises after racist gaffe
A day out from Brazil’s biggest fixture since the World Cup, Dunga has been forced to say sorry.
# Copa America
Edinson Cavani got his arse tickled and was sent off for retaliating as Uruguay go out to hosts
Chile, you messers.
# Big Money Move
Liverpool look set to break the bank and splash €40m on an exciting Brazilian forward
The Reds have agreed a deal with Hoffenheim to sign 23-year-old Roberto Firmino.
# Wrap
Paraguay scored a hilarious winning goal last night in the Copa América
Sergio Aguero was also on target as Argentina edged past Uruguay in a feisty encounter.
# Best in the World
'He who doesn't love Messi knows nothing about football'
Tevez has launched a passionate defence of team-mate Lionel Messi ahead of their Copa American opener.
# brainfart
Edinson Cavani had to apologise to people of Jamaica after 'African' mistake
The Uruguay striker claimed their opponents would be tough to beat, “like all African teams”.
Modest Messi shrugs off 86-goal record
He may be only 25, but the Argentine star has already proven himself as the best of his generation.
# fixture pile-up
Ferguson backs calls to reduce international matches
The manager has backed calls from the European Clubs’ Association for the number of friendlies to be limited.
# Goal!
YouTube top 10: because Neymar is that good
Brazilian dive-merchant Neymar went from zero to hero in the most spectacular fashion imaginable this week, but there are nine other internet oddities on our list to keep him company.
# King Kun
Who the hell is Sergio Aguero?
Named after a Japanese cartoon character and having a penchant for the language of elves, we bring you the lowdown on the man they call Kun.
# demotion
Ireland down two places in FIFA world rankings
The side’s lack of action this month has counted against them.
# Fiesta
In pictures: Uruguay's Copa celebrations
The Uruguayan national side has returned to Montevideo with the Copa America in tow. Just in case you doubted their ability to throw a party, check these out…
# Destiny
Forlan and Suarez seal Uruguay's Copa America victory
Football won, but that will prove little comfort to fans of Larissa Riquelme.
# Early Doors
The Morning Score: Monday
GAA, Copa America and everything else you need to know.
# Copa Preview
Copa América: Uruguay seek to clear final hurdle
Uruguay will be hoping to claim their 15th Copa América title when they take on Paraguay in El Monumental this evening.
# Naked Ambition
Larissa Riquelme up to her old, nudey tricks again
Paraguayan model Larissa Riquelme, she of running naked through the streets of Asuncion fame, has promised to “get naked on the spot” if Paraguay win this week’s Copa America final.
# Upsets
Copa América: more surprises as Brazil exit competition
See all the goals as the favourites lose out to Venezuela and Paraguay.
# On the box
Sofa Supporter: the weekend sport on TV
Find out all you need to know about the Copa America, The Open Championship, the GAA and more.
# Net gains
Juego Bonito: the best bits (and the worst) from last night’s Copa America action
The line-up for the tournament’s quarter-finals is now complete. Catch up with all of the latest action here.
# Nailbiter
Juego Bonito: the best bits (and the worst) from last night’s Copa America action
Three more sides cemented their places in the knockout stages last night.
# All smiles
Juego Bonito: the best bits (and the worst) from last night’s Copa America action
Reasons to be cheerful – one, two, three …
# Olé!
Juego Bonito: the best bits (and the worst) from last night’s Copa America action
Some guy called Radamel Falcao played last night – ever heard of him?
# Disaster
Dejected Messi booed by fans and frozen out by teammates
The player was confronted by defender Nicolás Burdisso after another disappointing Copa América performance.
# Brazil Blues
Copa América: Fred spares more Brazil blushes
There was further disappointment for one of the tournament favourites at the Copa América on Saturday evening.
# Justifying The Hype
Juego Bonito: Sanchez the star as Chile seek to secure quarter-final spot
Alexis Sanchez added to his reputation with the equalising goal for Chile in their Copa America clash against Uruguay on Friday night.