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The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) on Monday announced the schedule for Copa America 2021, with 14-time champions Argentina hosting Chile in the opening fixture on June 14 at Buenos Aires.

Postponed from last year to June 2021 due to the pandemic, the competition will have 10 teams participating after Australia and Qatar withdrew due to fixture congestion.

“As is traditional, CONMEBOL invited teams from other confederations,” the CONMEBOL said in a statement. “However, the suspended matches and delays brought about by the pandemic that affected world football impeded other nations from participating.”

With the revised structure, the 10-team Copa America will have two groups of five teams each. The first group - Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Paraguay, and Bolivia - will play their matches in Argentina. 

The second group, which includes defending champions Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela, will play their share of games in Colombia. This is the first time in the competition’s 105-year history that Copa America will be held in two nations.

Eight teams will advance to the quarter-finals, which means only one team from each group won't move on to the knockout stages.

Football superstars like Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez are expected to take part in the competition. The squads for the national teams are yet to be announced.

Copa America 2021 schedule, fixtures, and India match times

All times in Indian Standard Time (IST)

GROUP STAGE

Matchday 1

Monday, June 14: Argentina vs Chile - 2:30 AM IST

Monday, June 14: Paraguay vs Bolivia - 5:30 AM IST

Tuesday, June 15: Brazil vs Venezuela - 4:30 AM IST

Tuesday, June 15: Colombia vs Ecuador - 7:30 AM IST

Matchday 2

Friday, June 18: Chile vs. Bolivia - 2:30 AM IST

Friday, June 18: Argentina vs. Uruguay - 5:30 AM IST

Saturday, June 19: Colombia vs. Venezuela - 4:30 AM IST

Saturday, June 19: Peru vs. Brazil - 7:30 AM IST

Matchday 3

Monday, June 21: Uruguay vs. Chile - 1:30 AM IST

Monday, June 21: Argentina vs. Paraguay - 4:30 AM IST

Tuesday, June 22: Venezuela vs. Ecuador - 3:30 AM IST

Tuesday, June 22: Colombia vs. Peru - 6:30 AM IST

Matchday 4

Thursday, June 24: Bolivia vs. Uruguay - 2:30 AM IST

Thursday, June 24: Chile vs. Paraguay - 5:30 AM IST

Friday, June 25: Ecuador vs. Peru - 3:30 AM IST

Friday, June 25: Colombia vs. Brazil - 6:30 AM IST

Matchday 5

Monday, June 28: Argentina vs. Bolivia - 2:30 AM IST

Monday, June 28: Uruguay vs. Paraguay - 2:30 AM IST

Tuesday, June 29: Ecuador vs. Brazil - 6:30 AM IST

Tuesday, June 29: Venezuela vs. Peru - 6:30 AM IST

Copa America 2021 knockout stage schedule

Quarter-finals

Saturday, July 3: No. 2 Group A vs. No. 3 Group B - 4:30 AM IST

Sunday, June 4: No. 1 Group A vs. No. 4 Group B - 4:30 AM IST

Monday, July 5: No. 2 Group B vs. No. 3 Group A - 3:30 AM IST

Monday, July 5: No. 1 Group B vs. No. 4 Group A - 6:30 AM IST

Semi-finals

Wednesday, July 7, QF 1 Winner vs QF 2 winner - 4:30 AM IST

Thursday, July 8, QF 3 Winner vs QF 4 winner - 6:30 AM IST

Third-place match

Sunday, July 11: Semi-final 1 loser vs Semi-final 2 loser - 3:30 AM IST

Final

Sunday, July 11: SF 1 Winner vs SF 2 Winner - 5:30 AM IST

Feature image courtesy: Twitter / CopaAmerica 

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