Monday, 18th July, 2011

Brazil exited the 2011 Copa America yesterday along with Chile as the tournament continued to shock South America’s established powers.

Following Argentina’s exit at the hands of Uruguay the day before, the path appeared to have been opened for Brazil to go on and win their fourth successive Copa America.

But, during 120 minutes of play, Mano Menezes’ men could not find a way past a stubborn Paraguay side, with the contest ending 0-0 and proceeding to penalty kicks.

And during the shoot-out that followed, Brazil missed four penalties, while Paraguay converted two of three spot-kicks, sending the fancied South American giants out.

The Brazil boss was disappointed, but pointed to his side’s superiority at points during the game as evidence they should not be unhappy with their efforts.

"Defeat always brings sadness", said Menezes.

"But we constantly created opportunities.

"In the second half we enjoyed significant superiority, but Paraguay resisted. I have enough experience in football to understand we’re on a path and while today’s result should be a lesson, we should continue on the path."

Meanwhile Venezuela, a country better known for its love of baseball than football, saw off Chile 2-1, grabbing the winner with just ten minutes left on the clock through Gabriel Chichero.

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