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The second semi-final of the 2024 Copa America will take place on Wednesday, July 10, when Colombia will face Uruguay at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The game is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. EST and will be broadcast on FS1 and TUDN. Fans who want to watch can do so via FuboTV or DirecTV Stream, both of which offer a free trial. SlingTV does not offer a free trial, but does have other special offers available.

Uruguay dominated Group C, picking up victories over Panama (3-1), the USA (1-0) and Bolivia (5-0) before reaching the quarter-finals. In the knockout rounds, Uruguay played a 0-0 draw with Brazil after full time and then took the win on penalties, winning the shootout 4-2.

Colombia were not quite as dominant in the group stage, but secured top spot in Group D with wins over Costa Rica (3-0) and Paraguay (2-1) and a 1-1 draw with Brazil. In the quarter-final against Panama, Colombia was the only team to win without a penalty shootout, advancing to the semi-finals with a 5-0 victory.

The winner of this match will face reigning Copa America and World Cup champions Argentina on Sunday.

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WHO: Colombia vs Uruguay

When: Wednesday, July 10, 8 p.m. EST

Where: Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC

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Brazil hopes for Neymar and history after failure at the Copa America

By MAURICIO SAVARESE, AP Sports Writer

SAO PAULO (AP) — As Brazil was eliminated by Uruguay in the quarterfinals of the Copa America in Las Vegas on Saturday night, Neymar wept for his distraught teammates at a samba concert in Brazil.

The team and its all-time leading goalscorer were not too focused on the Copa at the start, but in two years they will desperately need each other if they want to achieve a different result at the next World Cup.

So far, there is little indication that Brazil and Neymar will return to the game in time to make a significant difference.

Neymar would have been unable to play in the Copa after tearing the cruciate ligament in his left knee last October. Vinicius Junior, Brazil's top scorer at the Copa with two goals, missed the quarter-final in Uruguay due to suspension. And teenage sensation Endrick failed to score a single goal during the tournament.

Expectations were low that Brazil would win the Copa for the first time in five years. Not with the team in sixth place in the South American World Cup qualifiers, not without Neymar, and not with world champions Argentina lurking. But a goalless draw with Costa Rica, a win against Colombia and not a single goal against Uruguay, who were playing with fewer players, were worse than expected.

“It's not the first time they say we're finished, but believe it, we'll win again,” the Brazilian Football Confederation said on its social media channels on Monday, admitting the team's shortcomings in a rare public admission. “We are the national team that has won the most games in the history of the game. But defeats are also part of our history.”

Brazilian experts, former footballers and analysts believe the team can rebuild, but they question whether coach Dorival Júnior – who has only been in the job since January – is the right man to lead the process.

They also believe that Neymar is wasting his talent in Saudi Arabia, far from the big leagues and too focused on his personal life. They also point out that Brazil wasted an entire year under interim coach Fernando Diniz, allegedly because the CBF executives were waiting for Carlo Ancelotti to leave Real Madrid.

“We have to step on the gas after this Copa America because now we are starting (with World Cup preparations),” said TV Globo expert Júnior, who played for Brazil's 1982 World Cup team. “France has had the same coach and many of the same players for years. Spain started in a similar way to us and is now ahead. Argentina is aging but is still very difficult to beat. Brazil is falling far behind.”

Nostalgic fans point to 2001 to believe that Brazil can turn things around quickly. That year, under new coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, Brazil knocked Honduras out of the Copa in the quarter-finals. That embarrassment led fans to believe that Brazil had no hope of making it to the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea.

The then Brazilian star Ronaldo missed the Copa, but recovered from his second cruciate ligament injury during a team restructuring and led the team to its fifth World Cup star.

Several Brazilian players have had their Copa 2026 hopes dashed. Others, such as goalkeeper Alisson, defender Danilo, midfielder João Gomes and striker Raphinha, have underperformed and are therefore under additional pressure.

“It was an honour to be part of this team. A lot of work, professionalism and commitment went into it,” said Danilo after being knocked out in the quarter-finals. “This young team has shown that it can achieve great things. I just hope that people are a little more patient.”

While recovering from his cruciate ligament injury, 32-year-old Neymar has become an even more polarizing figure in his home country, clashing with celebrities, politicians and fellow footballers, and his fans began to speak out against his return to the national team.

But after the team's poor performance at the Copa, Brazilian analysts say Neymar is the biggest Brazilian winner of the current tournament and remains key for the team's future.

“Neymar is one of the greats in world football and God willing, he will remain so,” coach Júnior told ESPN. “We need patience for him to get back to his best. He is a very important player for us and we need to give him enough time, we can't rush anything.”

A source at the CBF told the Associated Press that Neymar was unlikely to return for the next two World Cup qualifiers in September. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

Júnior said that with or without Neymar, Brazil will be much stronger at the World Cup.

“In two years, the same people who talk too much may have to digest another great success of our national team,” said the coach. “Stay calm and patient and follow our work. I wish I could have achieved a better result in this Copa America, but it is a process.”

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The fifth paragraph of this story was corrected to state five years instead of 17.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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