Copa by the numbers: Argentina vs. Ecuador

In a tournament full of surprises, the one assumed result was that Argentina, the reigning world champion, would make it into the knockout stage of this year’s Copa America.

Argentina boasts a 3-0 record in the group stages capped by a 2-0 defeat of Peru in its third and final group-round game. Standing in their way of advancing to the semifinals is Ecuador who edged Mexico after a scoreless draw in its final group game leapfrogging them by goal differential in Group B.

Kicking off at NRG Stadium in Houston, Argentina and Ecuador are the first two games of the quarterfinals starting on Thursday (8 p.m., FS1). Ahead of their game, here’s a numerical look at how these two teams match up.

127: The number of wins all-time for Argentina in Copa America. Following the win over Peru, Argentina improved to 127-33-41 in the tournament. Remarkable record when you think the nation has been playing in this tournament since 1916.

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Lionel Messi has scored 106 goals for Argentina, 13 in seven Copa America tournaments combined.
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106: The number of goals scored by Lionel Messi all-time for Argentina. He has 13 goals all-time in Copa America but is still awaiting his first in this tournament. He’s also the first player to appear in seven Copa America tournaments and set a record in this edition with 35 all-time appearances when he took the field in the opener against Canada.

41: Longtime Ecuadorian striker Enner Valencia leads his nation with 41 goals. Valencia, who has spent time in Europe with teams like West Ham, Everton, and Fenerbahçe, is regarded as one of the best to ever play for the country.

29: The number of times Ecuador has qualified for Copa America since 1939.

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Forward Enner Valencia has the most goals all-time for his native Ecuador with 41.
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15: The number of times Argentina has won the tournament, the last in 2021. They completed the double of major tournaments, winning the FIFA World Cup in Qatar the following year.

1: As of Wednesday, July 3, this match was the only one listed as sold out with fans clamoring at a chance to see Lionel Messi play. However, Messi, who missed the team’s final group match against Peru due to a thigh injury is still questionable for tomorrow night’s game. Still…

300: That’s the average going rate for a seat in the lower bowl of NRG Stadium on secondary marketplaces. Tickets appear to hover around $137 to be in the arena, and if you really want to splash the cash, we found a front-row seat behind the benches still available for $2,800 on StubHub.

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