Copa America: Brazil, Paraguay win

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:07 IST

Brazil and Paraguay scored in the waning moments of their opening Group C matches to each win 1-0 at the Copa America.

Copa America: Brazil, Paraguay win

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Brazil and Paraguay scored in the waning moments of their opening Group C matches to each win 1-0 at the Copa America. Luis Fabiano headed in an injury-time corner from Alex for Brazil to overcome Chile, and earlier replacement striker Julio dos Santos converted an 86th-minute penalty in Paraguay's victory against Costa Rica yesterday. "I was waiting for balls the entire game, it finally happened at the end," Fabiano said. Chile had a golden chance to go ahead in the first half when striker Sebastian Gonzalez scored from the penalty spot in the 24th, but his goal was disallowed by Mexican referee Marco Rodriguez because teammates allegedly entered the box before the kick. Gonzalez sent his second shot high over the crossbar. Midfielder Edu's sliding tackle against Rodrigo Valenzuela prompted the penalty call. Brazil outshot Chile 14-12 in the thin air at Universidad Nacional San Agustin Stadium, nearly 8,000 feet above sea level. It was the first time coach Carlos Alberto Parreira put Brazil's new lineup to test. Without any of the 2002 World Cup champions, Brazil earned a 14th victory in 19 matches against Chile in Copa history. They were two of the four original Copa entrants in 1916. Parreira rested Ronaldo, Roberto Carlos, Ronaldinho Gaucho and other tired top players to use the Copa America to try out new players ahead of the World Cup qualifiers that resume in September. (AP)



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