Foyth’s hopes of winning Copa America over after Brazil loss

Tottenham Hotpsur's Juan Foyth is in Brazil with Argentina for the Copa America (pic: Mark Kerton/PA

Tottenham Hotpsur's Juan Foyth is in Brazil with Argentina for the Copa America (pic: Mark Kerton/PA). - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

The young Spurs defender was unable to prevent Argentina losing 2-0 in the semi-finals of the competition

Juan Foyth couldn't stop Argentina suffering a 2-0 defeat in the Copa America last four to hosts Brazil in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The traditional centre back again lined up on the right side of defence for his country, but was powerless to stop Gabriel Jesus, of Manchester City, opening the scoring in the 19th minute.

Argentina's back four were pulled apart and Foyth could only watch on as Brazil's unmarked striker tapped home from close range.

Then 19 minutes from time, Selecao wrapped up the win when Jesus dribbled towards goal, cut inside Tottenham Hotspur's defender and set up Liverpool attacker Roberto Firmino for a simple finish.

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It saw Foyth and Argentina suffer more tournament heartache and the best they can now hope for is to come third.

One of Chile or Peru will face them in the third-place play-off on Saturday evening in Sao Paulo.

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There was also disappointment for Victor Wanyama despite the Kenyan not being in action over the last 24 hours.

He was waiting to see if his country would qualify for the knock-out phase of the Africa Cup of Nations as one of the best third-ranked teams.

While results went for them in Group E, Benin's goalless draw with Cameroon in Group F sent them through ahead of Kenya.

It means Wanyama's busy summer is now over and he will aim to rest up ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.

For club colleague Serge Aurier, he will hope to still play a part for Ivory Coast, who did qualify for the round of 16.

The Elephants will play Mali in the knock-out stage on Monday and Spurs' right-back is aiming to recover from a hamstring problem to take part and help his nation progress into the latter stages of the tournament.

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