Copa America 2019 : Fans can watch every 2019 Copa America contest online with a subscription of ESPN+. Spanish-speakers can watch 2019 Copa America matches for free via a trial of fuboTV.The Chile national team, led by forward Alexis Sanchez, faces Japan, led by forward Shinji Kagawa, in a 2019 Copa America group
Japan returns to the Copa America after 20 years and begins their second tournament appearance against Group C opponents Chile at the Estadio do Morumbi in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
The relative newcomers to South America’s greatest international competition will meet up against a much more experienced outfit in Chile.
La Roja is the two-time defending champions after winning back-to-back titles in 2015 and 2016, and the 2019 Copa will continue their tradition of having appeared in all 17 tournaments since 1975. Reinaldo Ruelda has brought a seasoned lineup into this summer’s contest. Fourteen of the 23 players on Chile’s squad are 28 or older, and even their youngest player, 22-year-old goalkeeper Yerko Urra, is older than most of his counterparts on other teams.
In comparison, Japan coach Hajime Moriyasu has 16 uncapped players on his 23-man list. Of those, 18 players are 22 or younger—11 have yet to hit 21. Takefusa Kubo, 18, is the youngest player competing in the 2019 Copa America. The logic is that Japan will have some of their younger players compete against top-tier talent in the hopes it will put them in a better position for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics (an under-23 competition).
The 2015 and 2016 Copa champions took the lead late in the first half with a towering header from midfielder Erick Pulgar.
Journeyman striker Eduardo Vargas then continued his remarkable consistency for his country by scoring at a fourth consecutive major tournament and doubling Chile’s lead in the 54th minute with the help of a deflection.
Sanchez made it 3-0 with a diving header from close range in the 82nd minute, Chile’s all-time top scorer punching the air in delight after enduring a frustrating season with United compounded by a knee injury suffered in March.