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Copa América 2019: Latest group results, tables, and schedule after Friday

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Copa América 2019 began in Brazil, with the host country trying to overcome the tournament since 2007.

Despite being injured by Neymar, Brazil is the favorite to win everything, followed by Argentina.

Perhaps the most important story is whether Lionel Messi can take the Argentines to their first Cup championship since 1993 and their penalty shoot-out loss in the 2016 final against Chile.

However, before that or anything else could develop, the action began when Brazil defeated Bolivia 3-0 in the opening of the Cup on Friday night at the Cicero Pompeu Stadium in Toledo in Sao Paulo.

Below is a summary of Saturday's calendar, the updated tables and the results of Friday that go to the weekend.

Saturday schedule

Venezuela vs. Peru, 3 p.m. ET on ESPN +

Argentina vs. Colombia, 6 p.m. ET on ESPN +

Results of the group updated

Group A

Brazil: 1-0-0, 3 points

Peru: 0-0-0

Venezuela: 0-0-0

Bolivia: 0-0-1, 0 points

Result of Friday

Brazil 3, Bolivia 0

If the first match is a sign, the Cup will be the time to shine for Philippe Coutinho.

The 27-year-old attacker scored a frustrating first half of goalless play. Coutinho's first goal came with a converted penalty kick, while his second was the result of a perfect header to score the cross of Roberto Firmino.

The goals came with three minutes difference (50 and 53) around the start of the second half.

In the 85th minute, Everton added an insurance goal for the screamer from outside the 18th.

"It was a hard game to debut," said Coutinho after the game, according to Juan G. Arango of Sport. "Once we score, we start being the right way, the way people want us to do it."

All eyes will be on Coutinho and the shape of his team while the rest of the Cup is played.

Brazil and Bolivia play again every Tuesday. Brazil will face Peru in Salvador, while Bolivia and Venezuela will face off in Rio de Janeiro.