17 Jul '11, 11pm

Copa America favourites Brazil crash out of tournament after lacklustre performance. Paraguay proceeds to semis.

Copa America favourites Brazil crash out of tournament after lacklustre performance. Paraguay proceeds to semis.

Paraguay's players celebrate after winning the penatly shoout against Brazil. -- PHOTO: AP LA PLATA (Argentina) - PARAGUAY dumped holders Brazil out of the Copa America on Sunday, winning a quarter-final penalty shootout 2-0 after a poor match ended goalless after extra-time. Brazil's penalty-taking proved even more execrable than much of their play, which saw them have plenty of possession but no panache in attack. Marcelo Estigarribia and Christian Riveros converted for the Paraguayans while Elano, Thiago Silva, Andre Santos and Fred missed for the eight-times continental champions. Paraguay, who last won the event in 1979, now go on to face either Chile or Venezuela, who were facing off later on Sunday in San Juan. Brazil forward Robinho tried to put a positive gloss on the defeat to a side with whom they were fortunate to draw in the group stage just eight days earlier...

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