Paraguay eliminates Brazil in Copa America quarterfinals

Paraguay defeated Brazil 4-3 in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw on Saturday to advance to the semifinals of the Copa America, handing the five-time world champions yet another disappointment a year after the humiliating World Cup elimination at home.


Midfielder Everton Ribeiro and striker Douglas Costa each missed penalties for Brazil in Concepcion, Chile, and Derlis Gonzalez converted the winning spot-kick for Paraguay, setting up a match against Argentina on Tuesday. Chile will face Peru on Monday in the other semifinal.

It was the second consecutive time that Paraguay eliminated Brazil on penalties in the quarterfinals of the South American tournament. It went on to lose the 2011 final to Uruguay.

While Paraguay will try to reach the final for the second straight time, Brazil will go home still yet to achieve a success that would help bury the memory of the humiliating 7-1 loss to Germany at its home World Cup last year. The Copa America was the first official competition for Brazil since.

“Nobody believed in us but we showed that we are more united than ever and we want more,” Gonzalez said.

Brazil opened the scoring with a goal by veteran striker Robinho in the 15th and maintained the lead until the 72nd minute when Gonzalez converted a penalty awarded for handball by defender Thiago Silva.

“Unfortunately we didn’t play as well in the second half and ended conceding a goal in a silly mistake,” Robinho said.

Mexico 2, Costa Rica 2: For a half, it looked as if Mexico’s “A’’ squad was suffering from the same malaise as the team that exited quickly from Copa America. It took just 10 minutes in the second half Saturday in Orlando, Fla., to change that perception.

Giovani Dos Santos and Javier Hernandez scored 2 minutes apart to quickly erase Mexico’s two-goal deficit in a 2-2 draw with Costa Rica in a friendly in preparation for the CONCACAF Gold Cup