Football: Brazil Eliminated in the Quarterfinals of the Copa America

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Less than a year after his disappointing fourth place in “his” World Cup, Brazil has seen Saturday, June 27 another setback with his elimination in the quarterfinals of the Copa America 2015 .

Humiliated by Germany in the semifinals of the 2014 World Cup (7-1), the “Selecao” was output by Paraguay on Saturday at the end of the session to penalties shoutout.

During 90 minutes, Brazil , deprived of his captain and striker Neymar, suspended after his expulsion against Colombia, showed nothing and was clearly dominated. Yet he took the lead at the 15th minute thanks to a rare constructed actions and concluded in beauty by Robinho with his 28th goal in the famous Auriverde shirt.

Besides this flash, Brazil delivered a lackluster performance and left the initiative in Paraguay’s hands which logically equalized on its 72nd minute. Having brought the two teams tied, Derlis Gonzalez at age 21, scored the penalty shoutout of the qualification.

The penalty shoutout threw Brazil out of focus with Everton Ribeiro’s failed attempt. Diego Costa then had also missed the target and opened the door for Roque Santa Cruz who missed a first chance. But Gonzalez did not question and delivered for his team, who will face Argentina on Tuesday for a place in the final.

Without trying to justify the outcome of the match, Brazil coach Dunga, however, revealed Saturday after the meeting that five of his players fell ill during preparation. ” It’s not an excuse, but fifteen players have been affected by a virus, which limited substantially their participation in training”, said Brazil coach. “They had a headache, backache, they did not feel well, some were more affected than others, some even vomit, the result is that the intensity of training has been reduced.

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