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0 (5) vs 0 (3)
Played
July 21, 2011 1:45 AM BST
Estadio Malvinas Argentinas — Mendoza, Provincia de Mendoza
Referee:‬ F. Chacon‎
 
120+1′ (PSO) Néstor Ezequiel Ortigoza
G. Maldonado 120+2′ (PSO)
120+3′ (PSO) L. Barrios
José Manuel Rey 120+4′ (PSO)
120+5′ (PSO) C. Riveros
Miku 120+8′ (PSO)
120+7′ (PSO) O. Martínez
 
120+9′ (PSO) D. Verón
 
Top of the Match
J. Villar
J. Villar
Paraguay
J. Villar
J. Villar
Paraguay
Flop of the Match
F. Lucena
F. Lucena
Venezuela
J. Santana
J. Santana
Paraguay

Paraguay 0-0 Venezuela (AET, 5-3 pens.): Gerardo Martino's men triumph on penalties again to march into Copa America final

Penalty drama sees Gerardo Martino's 10-men side set up Copa America 2011 final showdown with Uruguay as the Venezuelans were left heartbroken after a gallant fight

By Iain McMullen

Paraguay edged into the final of the 2011 Copa America on Wednesday following a dramatic 5-3 penalty shootout victory over Venezuela in Mendoza after both sides fought out a 0-0 stalemate.

Emotions were high at a colourful Malvinas Stadium as the sides battled for a place in the showpiece of South American football, one week after their thrilling 3-3 Group B encounter.

Gerardo Martino’s men were looking to reach their first final since 1989 while the Venezuelans were already treading new territory in reaching the semi-final stage.

Both coaches were forced into change as suspension and injury proved minor selection headaches, with Paraguay fielding four new faces from the side that dispatched Brazil and la Vinotino changing three from the win over Chile.

There was little sign of the cautious football that had dogged the tournament as both sides started brightly, Paraguay almost taking the lead after seven minutes when Darío Veron forced Renny Vega into a smart save with a well directed header.

The two-time Copa winners continued to look lively as they opened up their opponents with some classy football, the impressive Edgar Barreto pulling the strings in the middle.

Despite this possession, it was Venezuela who had the ball in the net on the half hour mark, only to see it chalked off when Rondon was judged offside.

Moments later, Alejandro Moreno rattled the Paraguayan woodwork with a thunderous header as Cesar Farias’ men grew in confidence before the break.

Nelson Valdez spurned a good opportunity to give his side the lead five minutes into the second half, only to see Vega deny him as he broke into the Venezuelan penalty area.

Paraguay continued to dominate possession but were frustrated by their opponents, who defended well and looked to break dangerously on the counter-attack.

The game soon began to drift as both coaches looked for a spark to create the decisive moment and Martino brought Roque Santa Cruz into the fray with 15 minutes to go.

The Manchester City hitman lasted just seven minutes before he limped off clutching his right hamstring.

The final ten minutes of the game proved a tense affair as both sides seemed unwilling to push too far forward in search of the elusive goal, and normal-time ended with the teams still at stalemate.

The post came to the rescue of Paraguay minutes after the start of extra-time, when Miku deflected a speculative long range effort from Giancarlo Maldanado past Justo Villar.

Moments later the Paraguayan keeper had the upright to thank once again as he horribly misjudged a Juan Arango free-kick from 40 yards out.

Venezuela were handed the man advantage when Jonathan Santana received his second caution just before the turn-around, and Farias' troops sensed victory.

Paraguay defended desperately as they faced a relentless barrage of attacks but managed to stand firm to face the second penalty shootout in two knockout games.

The spot-kicks saw heartbreak for Venezuela as Franklin Luceno had his penalty saved to give Martino’s men a dramatic victory, as Paraguay converted all five of their attempts through Ortigoza, Barrios, Riveros, Martinez and Veron.

Paraguay now travel to the Monumental for Sunday’s final against Uruguay as Venezuela are left to battle for third place with Peru.



Paraguay

1
J. Villar
Goalkeeper
3.00
4
D. Verón
Defender
108′ 129′
3.00
3
2.50
4
2.50
14
P. da Silva
Defender
2.50
16
C. Riveros
Midfielder
125′
3.00
8
Edgar Barreto
Midfielder
71′
3.00
5
2.50
11
J. Santana
Midfielder
79′ 103′
2.00
18
Haedo Valdéz
Striker
74′
2.00
19
L. Barrios
Striker
123′
2.50

Venezuela

3.00
1
R. Vega
Goalkeeper
3.00
6
3.00
14
2.50
15
2.00
20
G. Perozo
Defender
46′
3.00
14
G. Di Giorgi
Midfielder
2.00
14
F. Lucena
Midfielder
126′
2.50
11
C. González
Midfielder
85′
2.50
18
2.00
23
Rondón
Striker
2.50
15

Substitutes

12
0.00
25
R. Fernández
Goalkeeper
0.00
4
0.00
17
A. Torres
Midfielder
0.00
32
0.00
10
O. Martínez
Midfielder
81′ 127′
2.50
21
2.50
5
0.00
20
0.00
11
Hernán Pérez
Midfielder
0.00
9
0.00
7
0.00

Substitutes

0.00
12
L. Morales
Goalkeeper
0.00
22
D. Hernández
Goalkeeper
3.00
3
0.00
21
0.00
-
0.00
19
J. Meza
Midfielder
0.00
20
L. Seijas
Midfielder
0.00
8
3.00
9
3.00
7
Miku
Striker
73′ 128′
0.00
17

Coach/Manager

Coach/Manager

0.00
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Results
Jornada 3
Times In BST
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Paolo Guerrero Paolo Guerrero
Striker
Corinthians
5 0
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
4 0
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
3 0
Radamel Falcao Radamel Falcao
Striker
Monaco
2 1
Diego Forlán Diego Forlán
Striker
Cerezo
2 0