Sunday July 17, 2011 Quarter-final Finished Estadio Ciudad de La Plata

Brazil 0 - 0
(0 - 2)
Paraguay

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    Time:120'
    • Brazil
    • Paraguay
    • PENS BRAZIL 0-2 - MISS. Fred misses Brazil's fourth consecutive penalty. Truly awful.
    • PENS BRAZIL 0-2 - Riveros places his penalty down the centre of the goal. Brazil MUST score.
    • PENS BRAZIL 0-1 - MISS. Andre Santos also skies his penalty. It's terrible. The defender stares down at the turf but it's too late.
    • PENS BRAZIL 0-1 - Estigarribia finally scores. He laces it down the middle.
    • PENS BRAZIL 0-0 - MISS. Thiago Silva's penalty is poor and allows Villar to save with ease.
    • PENS BRAZIL 0-0 - MISS. Barreto pulls his penalty well wide. The penalty spot could be causing a bit of a problem.
    • PENS BRAZIL 0-0 - MISS. WOW. Elano skies the penalty. Dreadful.
    • 120' Full time. We'll have penalties.
    • 119' Great delivery from Estigarribia into the box. Riveros and Barreto challenge Julio Cesar and nearly get on the end of it but the flag is up for offside.
    • 118' Fred attempts a shot from distance but it goes wide. The striker claims a corner but it went out straight off his foot.
    • 117' What a goal that would have been!! Estigarribia sees the run of Haedo Valdez and finds him perfectly. The striker attempts a first-time volley but drags it wide from 18 yards.
    • 116' There hasn't been a single chance so far throughout extra time, as is often the case.
    • 115' Paraguay are only leaving one player up front so have no chance of counter attacking but Brazil refuse to get the ball up the field early on put pressure on the Paraguay defence.
    • 114' The game is very scrappy. Both sides are losing possession too easily. It looks like penalties.
    • 113' Lucas M loses possession inside the box and chases down Caceres. He pushes the midfielder and concedes a free kick.
    • 112' Pato is replaced by Elano.
    • 111' Thaigo Silva is fouled but he goes down like he's been shot. Great performance, that!!!
    • 110' Former Man City midfielder Elano is warming up on the touchline. Lucas M has a shot blocked on the edge of the area.
    • 109' Fred attempts the overhead kick. He was never going to pull that off. He should have flicked it to his right and Robinho would have been in.
    • 108' Free kick. Andre Santos is up-ended by Perez. The Brazilians have a good chance from this set-piece. Lucio controls the ball but is tackled.
    • 107' Estigarribia looks to be caught by Ramires on the touchline. He isn't. It is a dive.
    • 106' The second half of extra time is under way.
    • 105' The first period of extra time is brought to an end.
    • 104' Lucas L has played OK tonight but it will be Paraguay who feel their red card more.
    • 103' It didn't really look like Lucas L did a great deal wrong there. The midfielder comes across to calm it down and ends up taking a punch from Alcaraz but he's still sent off. Harsh.
    • 102' It's been simmering just below boiling point for a while. A few players were caught attempting to get the ball in the corner before it took a turn for the worst. Alcaraz and Lucas L are both given their marching orders.
    • 101' Lucas M plays through Robinho but Villar is off his line in a flash and beats the Brazilian to the ball on the edge of the penalty area.
    • 100' Lucas M replaces Ganso.
    • 99' Penalty? No. Pato crosses but Marecos attempts a diving header. It hits his chest.
    • 98' Estigarribia hasn't been at his best tonight. The winger loses possession down the left and gives Brazil the chance to attack.
    • 97' The 6' 2" Brazilian defender, Lucio, is down again. He does go down very easily. It's a little embarrassing.
    • 96' Robinho produces an outstanding number of step-overs to advance towards the Paraguay box. He shifts the ball oout wide to Pato but the delivery is collected by Villar.
    • 95' Barreto's delivery from the free kick out wide is dreadful. It is hit too hard and flies over the top of any Paraguayan.
    • 94' Penalties are surely the more likely avenue for Paraguay's progression now. They look devoid of any creativity at the minute.
    • 93' Lucio nearly gives away possession on the edge of his box. A poor touch almost allows Haedo Valdez in but the defender recovers.
    • 92' Still Brazil control play. They are stroking the ball around their back four with real confidence.
    • 91' The first period of extra time is under way.
    • 90+3' That's the end of the second half. We'll have 30 more minutes.
    • 90' Maicon wins a corner. He takes it short and lays it off to Robinho. The striker crosses but Villar is out to gather.
    • 89' Perez flicks on a long ball to Haedo Valdez. The striker ignores the pass he has on and attempts a shot on goal. It fizzes wide.
    • 88' Paraguay go on an attack for the first time in a long while. Perez cuts inside and feeds Barreto. The substitute shoots from distance but it's blocked.
    • 87' Brazil are controlling play completely. Paraguay are sitting deep and are allowing their opponents to keep attacking.
    • 86' Haedo Valdez, who has looed dead on his feet for the past 15 minutes, goes down with cramp. Paraguay have got no more substitutes available.
    • 85' This could be a very long last few minutes for Paraguay. It is ALL Brazil.
    • 84' Fred rises highest to meet Santos' corner. The striker beats Villar but Barreto heads off the line.
    • 83' Hernan Perez replaces Barrios.
    • 82' CHANCE!!! Very good chance. Robinho does very well when sliding a pass through to Pato. The striker bares down on goal but is foiled by Villar again. The deflection loops up and Pato is given another chance at it but his header hits the side netting.
    • 81' Fred replaces Neymar.
    • 80' Lucio goes long and tries to find Neymar. Da Silva climbs all over him and concedes a free kick.
    • 79' Brazil work their way excellently into the Paraguay box. Pato trades passes with Robinho before shooting at goal. It's deflected.
    • 78' Paraguay have has a major problem with conceding late goals in this tournamnet. They'll not what to continue that pattern in the next twelve minutes.
    • 77' Estigarribia looks to be in some discomfort. He walks over to the touchline and talks to his coaching staff.
    • 76' Neymar is off the pitch whilst Santos takes the corner. Villar is off his line and collects.
    • 75' Neymar skips past Marecos and bares down on goal. He attempts to cross for Pato but the delivery is played behind the striker.
    • 74' Brazil continue to ask all the questions. Surely it is just a matter of time before they score...
    • 73' Neymar's free kick is allowed to bounce in the area. Pato takes a touch and rifles the ball towards goal. Villar is down again to block from 5 yards.
    • 72' Marecos's first touch of the game is on Robinho. He is very late and receives a yellow card.
    • 71' Torres is replaced by Elvis Marecos. It looks like a hamstring problem.
    • 70' Both Torres and Valdes are down at the minute. This is not what Gerardo Martinez will want.
    • 69' Neymar collects the ball out wide and attempts to come inside. Paraguay get players back and stifle the attack.
    • 68' Paraguay are so deep now that when they get the ball there is no option of a counter attack.
    • 67' Lucio plays a one-two with Maicon before feeding Ganzo on the edge of the box. The midfielder volleys at goal but Villar is down well to tip the ball around the post.
    • 66' Santos and Neymar link well on their way into the penalty area. Santos comes across to put the ball out for a corner.
    • 65' He's not happy with himself, Maicon. The defender is set down the right-wing but he runs the ball out of play.
    • 64' Barreto is booked within 60 seconds of coming on to the pitch. Neymar turns him well which looks to create an attack for his side. The Paraguayan clips his heels.
    • 63' Enrique Vera is replaced by Edgar Barreto.
    • 62' Ganzo breaks through and feeds Maicon out wide. The Inter man cuts inside and allows Robinho to shoot at goal. Just wide.
    • 61' The Paraguayans are closing down high up the pitch again. This is better stuff from them.
    • 60' Maicon again mis-controls on the t ouchline and the ball goes out for a throw-in. If Brazil do advance into the semis, the defender may lose his place to Alves.
    • 59' The Paraguayans have got themselves back into this game during the last few minutes. It was all Brazil before that.
    • 58' Maicon is booked for a very soft foul on Estigarribia.
    • 57' Estigarribia's set-piece is very poor. It cannons straight into the wall. Brazil clear.
    • 56' Haedo Valdez drops the shoulder and skips past Santos on the edge of the area. The Brazilian fouls the attacker and gets booked. Could have been a penalty.
    • 55' Neymar cuts inside from the left. He intercepts a diagonal pass and goes past a couple of challenges before shooting at goal. The ball flies just wide of the righht-hand post.
    • 54' Pato wins a free kick 25 yards from goal after being fouled from Vera, who needs to be very careful. Diego Perez was sent off for something very similar yesterday.
    • 53' Lucio goes to ground very easily. There was hardly an contact but the big defender stays down.
    • 52' Robinho surges down the left flank but with nobody in the box, he attempts to hold the ball up. The Milan player loses possession.
    • 51' Brazil are really on top again now. They play the ball around the opposition half but Santos has an effort from 40 yards that flies over.
    • 50' Ramires dispossesses Estigarribia and bursts into the Paraguay half. The midfielder takes his time with the pass and the move breaks down.
    • 49' Somehow the ball stays out. The Brazilian's pass the ball on the edge of the Paraguay penalty area excellently. The ball falls to Neymar who cuts inside before shooting. It beats Villar but not Torres on the ball.
    • 48' Robinho's dinked ball over the top nearly finds Ganzo in the box. Had the midfielder been more aware, he could have played in Pato who was unmarked.
    • 47' Both teams have started a little hurriedly. They're going long whenever they get the ball.
    • 46' The second half is under way.
    • 45+1' The referee brings the first half to an end.
    • 44' Paraguay set out to push high up the field in order to win the ball back as soon as possible. Brazil have been the better team though, which has forced the Paraguayans to defend a little deeper. Because of that, they haven't looked like scoring, at all.
    • 43' Brazil break after a Paraguay attack. Riveros comes across and takes the ball off Maicon. The whistle is blown for a free kick. The Paraguayan is livid at the decision.
    • 42' Ramires does superbly well to flick the ball over Ceceres in the centre circle. The midfielder lays the ball out to Maicon who hits a teasing ball into the box first time. Villar is off his line to claim.
    • 41' Torres attempts a long ball, aiming for Valdes. The ball is poor and Julio Cesar, who has had very little to do, gathers.
    • 40' Ramires picks a fine ball between two defenders to send Santos through in the box. The defender elects not to pass and instead shoots. Wrong option. The ball flies over the par from 10 yards.
    • 39' Maicon's having a bit of a shocker out on the right, as Dani Alves did during the first two games. The defender mis-controls the ball and it runs out of play.
    • 38' Pato is sent through after a lovely ball over the top. Alcarez steps up to perfection which sees the flag go up for offside.
    • 37' Frustrated, Neymar chases down Riveros and goes into a tackle very late. It's a foul but nothing else.
    • 36' Neymar tries one trick too many on the left touchline. He loses control of the ball and it goes out for a throw-in.
    • 35' Da Silva clips a ball over the top for Haedo Valdez. The ball is over-hit but the striker does very well to prevent it from going out for a goal kick.
    • 34' The keeper is up and play resumes. Paraguay give the ball back to Brazil.
    • 33' Villar is down after making a save with a part of his body that is not made for being hit with a football.
    • 32' Santos's free-kick is latched onto by Lucio who shoots from 4 yards. The goalkeeper gets down well to get his body in the way of the ball.
    • 31' Robinho and Santos link well down the left. The defender overlaps but his cross is blocked. Vera needs to be very careful, here. He's made a number of fouls after his booking.
    • 30' Neymar does well to win the ball back and feeds Maicon down the right. The defender beats his man but the cross is awful.
    • 29' Ganzo's free kick is sent into the six yard box. Lucio rises high but is beaten to the ball by Torres.
    • 28' Paraguay lose the ball high up the pitch which allows Brazil to go on the counter attack. Esyigarribia tracks back and fould Robinho.
    • 27' That's the first time either side has got behind the opposition defence. It should have been a goal.
    • 26' CHANCE!! Veron's clearance only goes as far as Ganso. The midfielder finds Robinho who plays in Neymar. The Santos striker only has the keeper to beat but he pulls his shot wide.
    • 25' It's not pretty at the moment. Paraguay are trying to win the ball back early and are committing a number of fouls.
    • 24' The ball has been stuck in the centre of the pitch for the majority of the game so far. Both defences look very compact.
    • 23' Estigarribia bursts down the left. He flies out of his half and into the opposition. Maico recovers well and puts the ball in to touch with a crunching tackle.
    • 22' Neymar's set-piece is poor and is cleared. Vera is booked.
    • 21' It looks like it's only going to be a matter of time before the referee produces a yellow. Neymar is pulled back on the edge of the box. Promising.
    • 20' Still very little sign of the Brazilian attacking flair. They've tried to get a couple of smart moves going but the Paraguayans have stood firm in defence.
    • 19' Santos plays a number of one-twos on his way into the Paraguay penalty area. Pato's lay-off is hit too firmly and the attack breaks down.
    • 18' The Brazilians are controlling possession currently. They are stroking it from left to right, looking for a gap to open up.
    • 17' The corner is played short. Pato and Neymar get themselves into a real mess in the corner and gift Paraguay a goal kick. Waste.
    • 16' Robinho cuts inside again which allows Maicon to bomb on. The wing-back wins a corner after attempting to centre.
    • 15' Play has broke down in the final third for both sides so far. Pato and Robinho attempt a number of intricate passes but they lose possession.
    • 14' Torres is down for the moment after a strong tackle with Maicon.
    • 13' There've been some big tackles so far. It's certainly going to be a very competitive game.
    • 12' Paraguay knock the ball raround well in their own half but Da Silva attempts a very ambitious ball over the top. It's cut out.
    • 11' It's been a bit tentative from both sides during the opening 10 minutes. Neither side obviously wants to give anything away.
    • 10' Maicon does very well after being forced into the corner near his own goal. The defender flicks the ball up before acrobatically overhead-kicking clear.
    • 9' Paraguay are slowing down the game. They are looking to take the sting out of the Brazilian's attack.
    • 8' Pato receives the ball on the left touchline. The Milan striker skips inside and fortuitously finds Neymar who volleys at goal. The striker slips as he shoots and the ball clears the bar.
    • 7' Estigarribia, who has been so dangerous throughout this tournament so far, cuts in from the left and has a shot. It flies wide.
    • 6' Maicon overlaps Robinho, who has cut in from the right, and receives the ball. The marauding wing-back's delivery is poor and Paraguay are given a goal kick.
    • 5' Ramires picks up the ball 30 yards from goal. The Chelsea midfielder gallops forward before having a go at goal. It flies over the bar.
    • 4' The first bit of possession for Brazil. Paraguay close down quickly in the middle of the pitch, trying to rush the 5-time world champions.
    • 3' Lucio goes into a big tackle with Barrios. The striker goes down, and stays down. There is a break in play as the Paraguayan gets some treatment.
    • 2' A confident start from the Paraguayans. Caceres is scrapping in the middle of the park, giving the Brazilians no time on the ball.
    • 1' Referee Sergio Pezzotta gets the game under way.
    • 19:58 Nelson Valdez comes in for his first start in place of the injured Roque Santa Cruz, who has a knee injury.
    • 19:57 Brazil are unchanged from the side that beat Ecuador. Their front four has an average of just 22!
    • 19:52 PARAGUAY: Justo Villar. Dario Verón. Aureliano Torres. Paulo Da Silva. Antolín Alcaraz. Cristian Riveros. Víctor Cáceres. Enrique Vera. Marcelo Estigarribia. Lucas Barrios. Nélson Haedo Váldez.
    • 19:51 The teams are in: BRAZIL: Júlio César. Maicon. André Santos. Thiago Silva. Lúcio. Lucas L. Paulo Henrique. Ramires. Robinho. Pato. Neymar.
    • 19:50 Brazil have made it to the semi-finals 29 times previously and have subsequently advanced into the final 19 times. Paraguay, on the other hand, have made the last-four 16 times and have made it to the showpiece event on just six of those occasions. So it's clear to see that history favours that of the Brazilians, but the outsiders will be keen to prove history wrong tonight.
    • 19:44 However, the Argentinean-born boss does not believe Paraguay are the underdogs heading into the game, but has played down the prospect of his side having the psychological edge after coming so close to defeating the Samba stars last time out.
    • 19:41 On the other hand, Paraguay coach Gerardo Martino is worried about his team's form after they surrendered a two-goal advantage in the final two minutes to draw 3-3 with Venezuela in their final group outing.
    • 19:36 The Brazil side were distinctly average that day but Selecao coach Mano Menezes doesn't believe that performance will have any outcome on the result tonight.
    • 19:32 These two sides met in the second round of the group B matches and played out an entertaining 2-2 draw in Cordoba. The Brazilians had to rely on a last-gasp Fred goal to secure the draw before beating Ecuador 4-2 in the final group match to advance into the quaters.
    • 20:27 Both Uruguay and Peru advanced into the semi-finals with victories last night. Brazil and Paraguay will fight it out for a place in the semis where they will play either Chile or Venezuela.
    • 19:23 Good evening and welcome to the LIVE commentary of the third quarter-final of the Copa America between Brazil and Paraguay at the Ciudad de La Plata stadium in La Plata.
  • Summary

    • 102' It's been simmering just below boiling point for a while. A few players were caught attempting to get the ball in the corner before it took a turn for the worst. Alcaraz and Lucas L are both given their marching orders.
    • 84' Fred rises highest to meet Santos' corner. The striker beats Villar but Barreto heads off the line.
    • 82' CHANCE!!! Very good chance. Robinho does very well when sliding a pass through to Pato. The striker bares down on goal but is foiled by Villar again. The deflection loops up and Pato is given another chance at it but his header hits the side netting.
    • 73' Neymar's free kick is allowed to bounce in the area. Pato takes a touch and rifles the ball towards goal. Villar is down again to block from 5 yards.
    • 67' Lucio plays a one-two with Maicon before feeding Ganzo on the edge of the box. The midfielder volleys at goal but Villar is down well to tip the ball around the post.
    • 62' Ganzo breaks through and feeds Maicon out wide. The Inter man cuts inside and allows Robinho to shoot at goal. Just wide.
    • 55' Neymar cuts inside from the left. He intercepts a diagonal pass and goes past a couple of challenges before shooting at goal. The ball flies just wide of the righht-hand post.
    • 49' Somehow the ball stays out. The Brazilian's pass the ball on the edge of the Paraguay penalty area excellently. The ball falls to Neymar who cuts inside before shooting. It beats Villar but not Torres on the ball.
    • 40' Ramires picks a fine ball between two defenders to send Santos through in the box. The defender elects not to pass and instead shoots. Wrong option. The ball flies over the par from 10 yards.
    • 32' Santos's free-kick is latched onto by Lucio who shoots from 4 yards. The goalkeeper gets down well to get his body in the way of the ball.
    • 26' CHANCE!! Veron's clearance only goes as far as Ganso. The midfielder finds Robinho who plays in Neymar. The Santos striker only has the keeper to beat but he pulls his shot wide.
    • 8' Pato receives the ball on the left touchline. The Milan striker skips inside and fortuitously finds Neymar who volleys at goal. The striker slips as he shoots and the ball clears the bar.
    • 7' Estigarribia, who has been so dangerous throughout this tournament so far, cuts in from the left and has a shot. It flies wide.
    • 5' Ramires picks up the ball 30 yards from goal. The Chelsea midfielder gallops forward before having a go at goal. It flies over the bar.

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