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Copa America

  • 18 July 2011
  • • 00:30
  • • Estadio Ciudad de La Plata, La Plata, Provincia de Buenos Aires
  • Referee: S. Pezzotta

Paraguay won 2 - 0 on penalties

Brazil - Paraguay Preview: Defending Champions Aiming To Seal Semi-Final Spot Against Chile Or Venezuela

Brazil - Paraguay Preview: Defending Champions Aiming To Seal Semi-Final Spot Against Chile Or Venezuela


The Selecao stumble into this quarter-final showdown against Gerardo Martino's men, having come close to a defeat against the Guarani earlier in Group B

Brazil: Julio Cesar; Maicon, Lucio, David Luiz, Andre Santos; Lucas Leiva, Ramires; Robinho, Ganso, Neymar; Alexandre Pato

Mano Menezes looks set to to be without Thiago Silva for the clash against Paraguay. The AC Milan defender is struggling with a right thigh muscle injury and missed out on Friday training with the team, instead going through a session with the physio. David Luiz is expected to replace Thiago Silva in the heart of a somewhat leaky defence, whilst Mano also has the luxury of Luisao - a member of the past two Copa America-winning sides - in the squad to partner Lucio. Maicon, who caught the eye with an assured performance in the 4-2 win over Ecuador, will also be likely to be given the nod ahead of the unimpressive Daniel Alves as the Selecao look to seal a semi-final spot.

Paraguay: Villar; Piris, Da Silva, Veron, Torres; Barreto, Ortigoza, Riveros, Estigarribia; Santa Cruz, Barrios

Paraguay coach Gerardo Martino is sweating on the fitness of key striker Roque Santa Cruz. The Blackburn forward was forced off during the thrilling 3-3 draw with Venezuela and was replaced by Nelson Haedo Valdez. The tactician, who is due to leave his post following the Copa America, added: "We will give it another day and wait on the results of tests."

  • Brazil are the defending champions of the Copa America, having won in Venezuela in 2007.
  • The Selecao qualified for the quarter-finals in unconvincing fashion, having been held to draws against the Guarani and Venezuela, before coming out on top in a thrilling 4-2 win against Ecuador.
  • Neymar and Pato both chipped in with a brace of goals as Brazil scraped into the last eight in second place.
  • The winner of this tie faces a semi-final showdown against Chile or Venezuela in Mendoza on July 20.
  • Mano Menezes' men are unbeaten in six games, since a 1-0 reverse to France in Paris in February.
  • Paraguay qualified by virtue of being one of two best third-placed sides. 
  • The Guarani are yet to taste victory in the 2011 Copa America, having been held to a draw in all three of their group games.
  • However, Gerardo Martino's men - who came close to defeating Brazil in this year's tournament before being pegged back by a 90th-minute equaliser, have history in winning against the Selecao in the Copa, doing so en route to topping their group in 2004.
  • Roque Santa Cruz has become the joint all-time leading scorer of his nation, having grabbed a record-equalling 25th strike against Brazil in the 2-2 draw earlier in the group stages. The record, taken from Jose Cardozo, had stood for six years.

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