Paraguay and Venezuela reach Copa America semis

09:48, July 19, 2011      

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Paraguay defeated Brazil 2-0 (0-0) on penalties and Venezuela beat Chile 2-1 on Sunday and both advanced into the semifinals of the Copa America.

In La Plata city, Paraguay resisted a 120 minutes-attack from Brazil to reach the penalties.

Paraguayan goalkeeper Justo Villar was the man of the match, even during the penalties, when he saved one.

Brazilian stars collapsed under pressure and missed their chances during the match and even their four shots on the penalties.

Both teams were down to 10 men because of the red cards for Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva and Paraguayan defender Antolin Alcaraz at the 13 minute of extra-time.

Later, in San Juan, Venezuela made history after beating favorite Chile 2-1 to reach the Copa America semifinals for their first time ever.

Defenders Oswaldo Vizcarrondo (34th) and Gabriel Cichero (80th) scored for the winners while striker Humberto Suazo (69th) scored for Chile.

Both teams ended the match with 10 men, as Chile's Gary Medel and Venezuela's Tomas Rincon were sent off.

The Copa America will continue on Thursday in La Plata, where Uruguay will face Peru at 9.45 pm (00.45 GMT).

One day later, Venezuela will play against Paraguay in Mendoza at 9.45 pm (00.15 GMT).

Source:Xinhua
 
 
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