Copa America 2015 – History repeats itself as Paraguay knocks out Brazil on penalties

Snehanjan Banerjee / 28 June 2015

Paraguay has qualified for the Semi finals of the Copa America 2015 as they have beaten Brazil on penalties for the second successive tournament, setting up a semi-final clash against Argentina.

Brazil took an early lead as Former Manchester City striker Robinho scored on his 99th appearance to give Brazil a 15th-minute lead as he tucked away a Dani Alves cross after a brilliant move from the side. 

But Thiago Silva’s second-half handball allowed Derlis Gonzalez to equalise from the spot and force the shootout.

The defeat curtailed Brazil’s revival under Dunga following their 7-1 semi-final defeat by Germany in last summer’s World Cup semifinals in their own country.

Brazil badly missed their key player Neymar as the side missed his creativity and finishing ability in the final third and no one could step up to fill his void. 

The eight-times winners have not won the Copa America since 2007, while Paraguay now have the chance to go on and lift the trophy for the first time since 1979.

They are going to face Argentina in Concepcion at 00:30 BST on 1 July with the other semi-final seeing host country Chile to meet Peru ahead of the final in Santiago on 4 July.

Brazil missed their 2 spot kicks with Everton Riberio and Douglas Costa missing to score. Paraguay also missed to score with striker Roque Santa Cruz missing to score.

Brazil starting line up:

Paraguay Starting line up:



Douglas Costa on- Willian off (60’)

Diego Tardelli on- Firmino off (69’)

Everton Riberio on- Robinho off (87’)


Bobadilla on- Valdez off (74’)

O. Martinez on- Aranda off (77’)

Oscar Romero on- Benitez off (84’)

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