Statistics and interesting facts of Copa America Centenario’s first stage

(June 15th, 2016) The group stage of the tournament played on US soil has come to an end, and quarterfinals are set with the eight best teams of America; let’s go over some statistics and interesting facts of the 24 first matches.

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- As it happened in "Chile 2015" Cup’s edition, Jamaica left the tournament as the only team without scoring a goal. In this edition, Paraguay and Haiti came close to Jamaica; they only scored one goal each.

- Argentina is the only Copa America Centenario team with all 9 points.

- It is the first time since Copa America Argentina 1987’s edition that Brazil is knocked out in the group stage and it is the first time it is not among the 8 best teams in America.

- With his goal against Jamaica, Javier "Chicharito" Hernández achieved second place in the list of Mexico’s top strikers, only one goal from overtaking Jared Borgetti’s national record goal haul of 46.

- Alexi Sanchez, with his goal against Panama, is only 4 goals away from Chile’s top scorer, "Matador" Salas.

- Lionel Messi’s hat-trick against Panama put him only one goal away from Gabriel Batistuta’s record, the leading goal scorer of the Albiceleste.

- After the clash against Jamaica, Maximiliano Pereira (Uruguay) was the player who wore the charrua (Uruguayan) team jersey the most times, having played 114 matches, overtaking Diego Forlán, with 112.

- First stage records:

The team with the most goals in the quarterfinals: Argentina, with 10 goals.

The goalkeeper already in the quarterfinals who performed as the best defender: Sergio Romero (Argentina) and Daniel Hernández Santos (Venezuela), with just one goal allowed each.

The Cup’s leading goal scorer up to the moment: Lionel Messi (Argentina) and Philippe Coutinho (Brazil) with 3.

The player with the most fouls committed was Wes Morgan (Jamaica), with 10. The team that committed most fouls was Bolivia, with 56.

The player who had the most shots was Edwin Cardona (Colombia), with 12 shots. The team with the most shots was Chile, with 45 shots.

Peruvian player Paolo Guerrero was the player who got fouled the most (12) and Paraguay was the team that got fouled most.

- Interesting facts

- Luis Suarez, one of Barcelona’s top scorers and Golden Shoe winner, was ruled out of the whole Copa America Centenario tournament and sat on the substitute’s bench, injured.

- In United States vs. Paraguay, DeAndre Yedlin picked up two yellow cards in one minute and was sent off.

- Peru knocked Brazil out with a Ruidiaz handball goal!

- Kervens Belfort, Haiti’s no. 9, missed a clear goal chance in the last minute against Peru, which would have marked the equalizer, and left the stadium in tears.

- Lionel Messi, who did not take part in Argentina’s first match against Chile, played the last thirty minutes in the clash against Panama, and scored a hat-trick!

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