Brazil Exits Copa America for Penalty

Paraguay's goalkeeper Justo Villar (L) blocks a ball shot by Brazil's Alexandre Pato in the first round of the Copa America soccer tournament in Cordoba, July 9, 2011.  REUTERS/Andres Stapff (ARGENTINA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)Holders Brazil was knocked out of the Copa America on Sunday after a doleful penalty shout-out display between Paraguay in Argentina.

The impressive Brazilians missed all four of their spot-kicks as Paraguay went on to win 2-0 and make a set in the last four of the competition.

An unsatisfactory competition finished goal-less, as both sides ended with 10 men on the pitch  after Lucas Leiya, Brazilian Midfielder and Antolin Alcaraz of Uruguay were dismissed following an altercation in additional time.  Brazil controlled much of the ownership but lacked a cutting edge, in spite of fielding an attack-minded line-up guided by Robinho, Alexandre Pato and Neymar.

Neymar was specifically profligate ahead of goal, twice missing golden chances in the first half.  The first opportunity came on seven minutes when his volley from near range immersed over the bar; while the next saw him blaze wide on the half-hour mark, after Ganso’s pass found him unmarked on the right-hand side of goal

Justo Villar, Paraguay goalkeeper was as well in motivated form, demonstrating principally good reflexes late on to reject Pato of Milan as he competed through one-on-one.

After the competition, Gerardo Martino, Paraguay coach, admitted his side, which last won the contest in 1979, were privileged to beat the much-fancied Brazilians.

He informed the reporters, in quotes brought by Agence France-Presse, “Brazil should probably have won it over the 90 minutes.”

Villar, his goalkeeper approved. “It really took it out of us playing Brazil — they dominated almost the whole match. But the team kept its shape and kept its concentration and those factors took us through.”

For the moment Mano Menezes, the coach of Brazil was eager to look ahead to his team’s upcoming challenges.

He informed AFP, “When you lose you know you made some mistakes. But this happens in football and we have to live with it. The object has always been to get a strong team together for the World Cup in 2014.”

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