Copa America preview: Brazil - Paraguay
The holders will be looking to banish the disappointment of their draw against Venezuela in Group B's opening game with victory over a solid Paraguayan side
By Luke Matthews
|Brazil: Julio Cesar; Daniel Alves, Lucio, Thiago Silva, Andre Santos; Lucas Leiva, Ramires, Ganso; Robinho, Neymar, Alexandre Pato
|Paraguay: Villar; Piris, Da Silva, Veron, Torres; Barreto, Ortigoza, Riveros, Estigarribia; Santa Cruz, Barrios
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Brazil are the current reigning champions of the Copa America, beating Argentina in the final four years ago in Venezuela.
- Captain Lucio won his 100th international cap against Venezuela last weekend, becoming only the fourth Brazilian to reach the century milestone.
- In the South American nation's 23 man squad for the tournament, Robinho is the player with the most international goals, grabbing 25 goals in 87 appearances.
- Mano Menezes' men are currently in a run of inconsistent form, with the team winning two, drawing two and losing two of their last six fixtures.
- Paraguay have been runners up in the competition on five occasions, with their last final appearance resulting in victory in 1979.
- The last time the Paraguayan national side met Brazil, they succumbed to a 2-1 defeat in qualification for the 2010 World Cup two years ago.
- Striker Salvador Cabanas, who was horrifically shot in the head in January 2010, is an honorary member of the squad as he steps up his rehabilitation in the hope of a return to football.
- In their last 10 fixtures, Paraguay have won five, drawn three and been defeated on two occasions.
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Top 3 Predictions
Brazil 2-0 Paraguay
- 26.09 %
Brazil 2-1 Paraguay
- 18.59 %
Brazil 1-0 Paraguay
- 12.41 %
|Copa America (CA)||Jul 17, 2011||Brazil 0 - Paraguay 0|
|Copa America (CA)||Jul 9, 2011||Brazil 2 - Paraguay 2|
|World Cup Qualifying - Conmebol (WCQ)||Jun 10, 2009||Brazil 2 - Paraguay 1|
|World Cup Qualifying - Conmebol (WCQ)||Jun 15, 2008||Paraguay 2 - Brazil 0|
|Nov 20, 2013||Brazil 2 - Chile 1||FR|
|Nov 17, 2013||Honduras 0 - Brazil 5||FR|
|Oct 15, 2013||Brazil 2 - Zambia 0||FR|
|Oct 12, 2013||South Korea 0 - Brazil 2||FR|
|Sep 11, 2013||Brazil 3 - Portugal 1||FR|
|-||Néstor Ezequiel Ortigoza|
|-||Enrique Daniel Vera|
|-||Roque Santa Cruz||Striker|
|12||Diego Daniel Barreto||Goalkeeper|
|-||Elvis Israel Marecos|
|-||Iván Rodrigo Piris||Defender|
|-||Marcos Antonio Cáceres||Defender|
Live Final scheduled Suspended Cancelled Postponed