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Brazil, Uruguay clear Copa America favorites amid CONMEBOL's widespread instability

Roberto Firmino equalized and Gabriel Jesus scored the winning brace to give Brazil 3-1 come-from-behind victory against the Czech Republic.

South America flips the switch very quickly from international football back to the club game. In some places, domestic football even continued as normal during the FIFA dates -- Brazil's regional championships, for example, which are starting to reach the business end. In others the focus swiftly alters. The Argentine title could be decided in the weekend's penultimate round, and the Copa Libertadores is back in full swing next week.

That said, it is worthwhile to pause to reflect on what the national...

Inside Mexico's first camp under 'Tata' Martino, and El Tri's mission to win back respect

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- There was one phrase that seemed to set the tone for Gerardo "Tata" Martino's first Mexico camp: When the Argentine declared, "My obligation as Mexico head coach is to make the national team be respected."

Martino said that ahead of Friday's 3-1 victory over Chile in San Diego and the idea extended through Tuesday's 4-2 win against Paraguay in Levi's Stadium. In fact, the phrase could be the overriding mantra for Martino's cycle in charge leading to Qatar 2022 --...

Jonathan dos Santos, Javier Hernandez take charge in Mexico's win over Paraguay

Jonathan dos Santos was Mexico's standout player as El Tri defeated Paraguay 4-2 on Tuesday.

Mexico manager Gerardo "Tata" Martino is now two for two in his new tenure with El Tri. Following last week's 3-1 victory over Chile, the Argentine helped lead Mexico to a dramatic 4-2 win against Paraguay on Tuesday night.

Here are a few things we learned from El Tri's latest result:

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In match that featured plenty of backups for Mexico, a number of midfield options stepped up and made a case for themselves in the new Mexico era under Martino. Names like Erick Gutierrez, Edson Alvarez and...

Jonathan dos Santos inspires Mexico to victory over 10-man Paraguay

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Three first-half goals fired Mexico to a 4-2 win over 10-man Paraguay on Tuesday, as El Tri completed back-to-back victories in Gerardo "Tata" Martino's first two games in charge.

Mexico flew out the blocks in front of 50,317 fans in Levi's Stadium with Jonathan dos Santos opening the scoring in the sixth minute. A Gustavo Gomez own goal made it 2-0 three minutes later and Javier Hernandez wrapped up the scoring in the 24th.

The second half was more even in terms of possession...