In the first match of the Copa America against Chile, Argentina advanced to the quarter – finals with clear dominance over their opponents in all subsequent matches. Despite failing to score more than one goal in the first three matches, they managed to gain confidence ahead of the quarter-finals by beating Bolivia by four goals to one in the final group match.
Argentina, who have won the group by ten points with three wins and a draw, will face Ecuador in the quarter-finals on July 4 at 6.30am. But two days before that, Argentina have a chance to make another rare acquisition. The record of completing two years without defeat awaits Lionel Scolari’s team before the quarter.
The last time Argentina lost a match was in the semi-finals of the Copa Amrica on July 2, 2019. Brazil defeated Argentina in the semi-finals of the tournament in Brazil to advance to the final. This time, Argentina’s goal is to overcome that fatigue and win the title.
During these two years, Argentina have played 17 games with 10 wins and seven draws. If they beat Ecuador in the quarter-finals, Argentina will have a record of 18 unbeaten matches under Marcelo Bielsa between 2000 and 2002.
At the same time, none of this can keep up with Argentina’s biggest unbeaten run. Scolari’s team will need to win the Copa America and go undefeated to the World Cup in Qatar if they are to break Argentina’s record of 31 unbeaten matches under Alfio Basil.