Argentina vs. Ecuador Copa America 2024 quarterfinal time, live stream, tv channel, lineups as Lionel Messi eyes return

Copa America holders and reigning world champions Argentina will play Ecuador in the quarterfinals of the Copa America at NRG Stadium in Houston on Thursday.

The Albiceleste enjoyed a flawless opening phase of the tournament. They kicked off their campaign with a 2-0 victory over Canada, with Julian Alvarez and Lautaro Martinez coming up with the goals. They won the next two matches against Chile (1-0) and Peru (2-0), with all three goals coming from Inter Milan striker Martinez.

Ecuador failed to cause any real problems for Mexico in an underwhelming 0-0 draw last time out. Despite being on the back foot for the chunk of their Group B finale, La Tri did enough to hold off the Mexicans and clinch a spot in the knockout phase on goal difference.

Felix Sanchez’s side should be under no illusions about the scale of task they face in the last eight against Group A winners Argentina.

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What time is Argentina vs. Ecuador kickoff?

This Copa America match kicks off from NRG Stadium on Thursday, July 4 at 8:00 p.m. local time in Houston, Texas, USA.

Here’s how that time translates across all of the time zones in North America:

  Date Kickoff time
Eastern Time Thu, July 4 9:00 p.m.
Central Time Thu, July 4 8:00 p.m.
Mountain Time Thu, July 4 7:00 p.m.
Pacific Time Thu, July 4 6:00 p.m.
Alaska ST Thu, July 4 5:00 p.m.
Hawaii ST Thu, July 4 3:00 p.m.

Argentina vs. Ecuador live stream, TV channel

  • TV channel (US): FOX, Univision, TUDN
  • Streaming (US): FUBO, Fox Sports app/website, TUDN app/website, Univision Now, ViX
  • TV channel (Canada): CTV Two, TSN 4, 5, RDS
  • Streaming (Canada): TSN+, RDS App, CTV App
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USA: Argentina vs. Ecuador from NRG Stadium will be televised in the United States on FOX, with a Spanish-language broadcast via Univision and TUDN. All three channels are available to stream on Fubo, with the latter offering a FREE seven-day trial.

Spanish language coverage is also available on streaming platform ViX.

Canada: All Copa America matches can be seen in Canada on TSN’s respective TV channel and live streaming services. RDS provides French language coverage.

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Argentina vs. Ecuador projected lineups & team news

The main talking point leading up to Argentina’s Copa America quarterfinal against Ecuador on Thursday will be talisman Lionel Messi‘s fitness. It was no great surprise to see the 37-year-old Inter Miami star sit out the clash with Peru after he required treatment in Argentina’s second game against Chile. He even admitted after the match that he had felt “some discomfort” in his right hamstring.

The eight-time Ballon d’Or winner and 2022 World Cup champion took part in full practices this week and there’s confidence that Messi will prove his fitness in time for the match in Houston.

Scaloni also rested the likes of Alexis Mac Allister, Rodrigo De Paul and Julian Alvarez for Saturday’s 2-0 win over Peru on Matchday 3, all of whom should return to the starting lineup for this game.

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Angel Di Maria reclaimed his place in the starting 11 last time out, while Nicolas Tagliafico was the only defender to keep his spot, and Nahuel Molina, Cristian Romero and Lisandro Martinez should reunite with him in a back four here.

With four goals in this competition so far, including a brace against Peru, Inter Milan hitman Lautaro Martinez is set to spearhead the Argentine attack against Ecuador, flanked by Alvarez and Messi.

Argentina projected starting lineup (4-3-3, right to left): E. Martinez (GK) — Molina, Romero, Li. Martinez, Tagliafico — Di Maria, De Paul, Mac Allister — Messi, La. Martinez, Alvarez.

After missing their previous encounter through suspension, Ecuador’s all-time leading goalscorer Enner Valencia played the full 90 against Mexico, with John Yeboah making way. He will be the man up top to provide a difference as he looks to add to his 41-goal international tally against the world champions.

Kendry Paez is an attacking force from midfield for Ecuador. He is very positive with the ball and uses his electrifying burst of speed to get past defenders. Jeremy Sarmiento‘s athleticism makes him a problem for backlines, while Alan Minda is another exciting young impact player.

Defensive midfielder Moises Caicedo and defender Piero Hincapie create a strong spine for the team.

Ecuador projected starting lineup (4-2-3-1, right to left): Dominguez (GK) —  Preciado, Torres, Pacho, Hincapie — Franco, M. Caicedo — Minda, Paez, Sarmiento — Valencia.

Argentina vs Ecuador prediction

  • Score prediction: Argentina 2-1 Ecuador

Ecuador have plenty of talent to cause Argentina trouble and are capable of giving their opponents a run for their money, but expect the Albiceleste to come out and put on a display that showcases they are on track to defend their Copa America crown. 

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Argentina have plenty of individuals who can come up clutch and make a difference when it matters most, and they will ultimately do enough to edge out Ecuador.

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