Both of these sides kicked off their time in Brazil in underwhelming fashion over the weekend, which has left them with a fight to make it into the second round. Peru are hopeful of building on their displays at the 2018 World Cup with success at this competition, but if they should slip up to Bolivia this week then their chances of going through are all but over. Can they defy the odds to leave Peru on the verge of the exit?
Bolivia were involved in the tournament’s opener, as they were beaten 3-0 by Brazil. It was a fourth straight loss for them, following up their poor form in the warm-up games ahead of the tournament. That comes after their difficult qualifying campaign for the World Cup, so it has hardly been a golden period for Bolivian football. They are really struggling to make an impact, having lost six successive Copa America ties.
Peru are coming off the back of a trip to the World Cup, while its not long since they recorded back to back 3rd place finishes at the Copa America. They are aiming to return to the World Cup in 2022, while they have a fine record at this tournament. They have lost just one of their last 10 matches in the Copa America and that came against Chile as they went on to win the tournament in 2015.
Both Croatia and Romania get their campaigns underway at the Under 21 European Championships on Tuesday, with these two sides aiming to cause a shock this summer. The pair have landed a place in Group C alongside England and France, so their chances of making it through the group and into the semi-finals seem slim. Despite that, these two sides have done well to make it this far, while things could get even better for one of them in this encounter.
Romania are making their first appearance in over 20 years, while this is their second time at this tournament. Romania were quarter-finalists in 1998, but they return to the tournament this week aiming for another impressive run. After all, the senior side are trying to return to the European Championships next summer, while some of these Romania players could be included in that group if they can impress in Italy this month.