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.Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Diego Maradona was paid tribute during Argentina's Copa America opener. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@CopaAmerica)

  • In the video, Maradona was shown doing kick-ups
  • He played for Argentinos Juniors, Boca Juniors, Barcelona, Napoli, Sevilla, Newell’s Old Boys and Argentina
  • The Argentine football star died last year at the age of 60

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Brazil will host and kick off the first match of Copa America (Photo Credits: Instagram/cbf_futebol)

  • Copa America is the main men's football tournament contested among national teams from CONMEBOL
  • It is the oldest and the third most watched international football tournament
  • Brazil will play against Venezuela on July 13, and the match will be broadcasted in India on July 14 at 2:30 am IST

.Barranquilla, Atlantico, Colombia
Argentina captain Lionel Messi forced a number of saves from Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@FCBarcelona)

  • Miguel Borja scored four minutes into stoppage time to rescue a 2-2 draw for Colombia
  • Argentina were 2-0 up inside eight minutes through goals by Cristian Romero and Leandro Paredes
  • Colombia's substitutes turned the game around in the second half as Luis Nuriel netted from the spot before Borja's equaliser

The Brazilian national team will play in the Copa America. (Photo credit: Instagram/cbf_futebol)

  • Brazil's players were reportedly unhappy over the 11th-hour decision to host the Copa America
  • A COVID-19 surge forced organizers to withdraw the tournament from Argentina
  • The world's oldest running international football tournament is scheduled to be played from June 13 to July 10

.Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
People march in a protest against the government's response in combating COVID-19, demanding the impeachment of President Jair Bolsonaro, in Rio de Janeiro. (AP/PTI Photo)

  • Colombia and Argentina were set to be the first-ever co-hosts of the Copa America
  • Anti-govermment protests in Colombia and a recent COVID surge in Argentina saw the two countries removed as hosts
  • The shift to Brazil has not gone down well, with a number of politicians denouncing the move  

.Santiago del Estero, Santiago del Estero Province, Argentina
Lionel Messi also hit the woodwork and forced a number of impressive saves from Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@Argentina)

  • Lionel Messi scored a penalty to give Argentina the lead midway through the first half
  • The lead was short-lived, with Alexis Sanchez equalising for Chile with a tap-in
  • Argentina are second in the South American qualification standings, behind Brazil 

.Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
CONMEBOL president Alejandro Dominguez during the federation's annual congress in Paraguay on Tuesday. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@CONMEBOL)

  • South America's latest round of World Cup qualifiers were postponed
  • This was because several European clubs threatened not to release their players
  • All 10 South American countries remain on the UK government's red list of nations

.Buenos Aires, Argentina
Argentina captain Lionel Messi's second-half goal was disallowed by officials during the 1-1 draw against Paraguay on Thursday. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@Argentina)

  • Argentina were held to a 1-1 draw by Paraguay
  • Nicolas Gonzales drew the hosts level just before the halftime interval after Angel Romero gave Paraguay an early lead
  • Argentina have beaten Ecuador and Bolivia so far in the qualifying campaign