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Copa America verdict: Best and worst game, best goal, biggest surprise, more

Anthony Richardson recaps the Copa America Centenario final, including the most memorable moments from New Jersey.

Now that the 2016 Copa America has come to an end, we asked our writers to reflect on its highs and lows.


Tim Vickery: I enjoyed Argentina's semifinal display in the 4-0 win vs. the U.S. and Chile's 7-0 quarterfinal rout of Mexico immensely; they were magnificent team performances. But in terms of a game involving two teams, I think I might have to go with Ecuador 2-2 Peru. The Peruvians started out like a train, with Ecuador straining to get back in it.

Jeff Carlisle: Argentina 2-1 Chile: This...

Almiron a Copa America doubt with season-ending injury

Ayoze Perez's first Premier League hat trick leaves Newcastle 10 points off the bottom three, while leaving Southampton lingering in 16th.
Ayoze Perez's first Premier League hat trick leaves Newcastle 10 points off the bottom three, while leaving Southampton lingering in 16th.

Newcastle United midfielder Miguel Almiron will miss the last three games of the season due to a hamstring injury, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday.

Almiron signed from Major League Soccer champions Atlanta United in January for a club record £20 million. The Paraguay international has made 10 league appearances for Newcastle so far and sustained the injury in the second half of their victory over Southampton on Saturday.

"Miguel Almiron will miss the rest of the season after...

Neymar can be back at his best for Copa America - Brazil boss Tite

Kylian Mbappé scored a hat trick against former side Monaco and Neymar came on a half time, as PSG were crowned Ligue 1 champions before kickoff.

Brazil coach Tite has said captain Neymar can arrive at the Copa America in June back in top form after returning to action following a long injury layoff.

Neymar played 45 minutes in Paris Saint-Germain's 3-1 win over Monaco on Sunday, his first game since suffering a foot injury in January.

"He has already come back and we are going to hope for his rapid return [to form]," Tite told reporters. "It's a process of normal progress."

Tite said Neymar's situation was not the same as that of last year,...

Selecao's return to white kits a timely reminder of Brazil's past

Roberto Firmino equalized and Gabriel Jesus scored the winning brace to give Brazil 3-1 come-from-behind victory against the Czech Republic.
After Brazil's draw against Panama, ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno and Gab Marcotti delve into where the weaknesses lie for the 5-time world champions.
The crew weigh up Neymar's level after he fell outside the top 10 in ESPN Brazil's poll of greatest post-Pele players for the Selecao.

Just under two months from now, Brazil will take the field for the opening game of the Copa America wearing their traditional white shirts.

That might seem like a strange way to end a sentence, but it is true. From their first match in 1914 (against Exeter City) and for almost four decades afterwards, Brazil wore white.

A change was forced by the trauma of losing the 1950 World cup on home ground beaten 2-1 by Uruguay in the decisive game in the giant, newly built Maracana stadium.

A competition...