Brazil ashamed: Copa-off after-penalty fiasco

Brazil ashamed: Copa-off after-penalty fiasco

La Plata : Argentina | Jul 18, 2011 at 10:13 AM PDT
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Brasil - Paraguay 0 - 0 - (0 - 2) - Copa America 2011 - Cuartos de final

No more samba and tango! After the star ensemble from Argentina is also world champion Brazil at the Copa America has disgraced. The defending champion from Sugar Loaf difference - as the "eternal rival" before - out in the quarterfinals.

Brazil defeated Paraguay in La Plata to Borussia Dortmund attacker Lucas Barrios on penalties 0-2 (0-0). Especially embarrassing: The Kicker Samba failed all four from the penalty spot. Elano shot far over the goal first, then parried Paraguay keeper Justo Villar's attempt to Thiago Silva. André Santos scored next and later Fred did not hit the box from eleven meters.Paraguay is playing in the semi-final against surprise team now Venezuela, Chile beat 2-1 (1-0).

"We were superior," Brazil coach Mano Menezes verdict. But he pushed the same cardinal error behind its star ensemble. "We did not score, what is most important in football. . Today was not the day "It was the striker Robinho and Pato Milan - just like Fred and Neymar - enough chances. The Seleção dominated the game for long stretches. Yet it was after 120 minutes in the stadium of La Plata is still 0-0.

Previously it was in the extension come to blows - the Argentine referee Sergio Pezzotta brandished the red card twice: He Lucas Leiva (102./Brasilien) and Antolin Alcaraz (102./Paraguay) from the square.

Even if it is off to Brazil for the Copa with the third-consecutive win anything, Robinho made ​​his teammates courage. "The team is now working. We need to keep your head up, "he said. "We've trained penalty kicks, but it did not work."

The best player of the game selected Justo Villar was self-critical, but relieved. "Brazil has done everything to win, but the penalty shootout is a lottery," he said. But the 34-year-old was also on his fine saves in a celebratory mood: "This is the greatest night of my life, and I will enjoy it."

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Fred (l) misses the decisive penalty against Paraguay goalkeeper Justo Villar.
junaid1990 is based in Karāchi, Sind, Pakistan, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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