Paraguay advanced to the Copa America semifinals behind a dramatic 4-3 penalty-kick shoutout win over Brazil on Saturday night at Estadio Municipal de Concepcion in Concepcion, Chile, after a 1-1 score. It was yet another disappointing finish for Selecao, who are coming off a painful exit from the 2014 World Cup, and the second straight time Paraguay eliminated Brazil in the Copa America quarterfinals on penalty kicks.
The match was slow and methodical, with Brazil not showing the confidence and style they had owned for so many years. Dunga's squad was clearly lacking a star striker to inject the attack, with Neymar suspended for the tournament for a headbutt in the group stage. Roberto Firmino, Everton Ribeiro, Douglas Coasta and Diego Tardelli provided little to make up for the lack of firepower in a rather uninspired attack.
Brazil scored in the 15th minute due to some crafty work by veteran forward Robinho. The 31-year-old triggered the sequence with a fine pass, and then found his way into the box unmarked, and easily drilled a shot past Justo Villar off a well-placed cross by Dani Alves.
Paraguay would equalize on a controversial penalty in the 72nd minute. Brazil defender Thiago Silva was called for a hand ball in the box, though he appeared to have his arm in a raised, but natural, position. The call could have gone either way.
Derlis Gonzalez, a rising star who has enjoyed a solid Copa American tournament, would convert the penalty, though goalkeeper Jefferson chose the right direction. The 21-year-old who plays for FC Basel also provided Paraguay the deciding penalty kick in the shootout. Ribeiro and Costa each missed penalties for Brazil.
Though Brazil dominated possession (59 percent), Paraguay took 11 shots compared to Brazil's six.
Argentina and Paraguay meet in the semifinals on Tuesday in Concepcion.