Paraguay defeat Brazil; Costa Rica in quarters

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:07 IST

Paraguay ended Brazil's 13-game unbeaten streak 2-1 and Costa Rica overcame Chile 2-1 deep in injury time to grab the last quarterfinal berth.

Paraguay defeat Brazil; Costa Rica in quarters

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Paraguay ended Brazil's 13-game unbeaten streak 2-1 and Costa Rica overcame Chile 2-1 deep in injury time to grab the last quarterfinal berth at the Copa America. Brazil's defeat sent it from Peru's deep south to the far north for a weekend quarterfinal against Mexico, the previous team to beat Brazil - effectively its under-23 side - in the Gold Cup final in July last year. Paraguay won Group C and will meet Uruguay, which ended up being the best third-placed team. "I'm very proud, we beat a first-class team," Paraguay coach Carlos Jara Saguier said. "Now comes the hard part, but we intend to bring the Copa home." Costa Rica advanced as the second-best third-place team and into a playoff against defending champion Colombia. Andy Herron's goal three minutes into second-half injury time at Tacna eliminated Chile and Bolivia, the Group A side which would have qualified if the score had remained 1-1. Peru and Argentina meet in the other quarterfinal. Paraguay striker Fredy Bareiro ended a 1-1 deadlock with Brazil in the 71st minute, beating defender Luisao and shooting past Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar. "This loss should be a warning to us," Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira said. "In the playoffs we won't be able to make these mistakes. "Luckily, this loss doesn't set us back in our plans to reach the final, it came in a good moment." (AP)



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