Brazil has changed its history after defeating Paraguay in order to make their way to 2019 Copa America Semi-Finals. But earlier, the case used to be different. Not once but twice i.e., in the year 2011 and 2015 Paraguay had defeated Brazil at this same stage on penalties.
Brazil vs Paraguay match was held on Thursday, June 27 at Arena do Grêmio, Porto Alegre where Brazil gets hold of the last four of the Copa América with a 4-3 penalty shootout win over Paraguay.
On the other hand, they ended their quarter-final scoreless and reached to the semi-finals.
Gabriel Jesus was the whose last kick in the penalty round lead the team to win after the Gustavo Gómez and Derlis González from Paraguay have missed their goals as well as their chance to reach semi-finals of 2019 Copa America. Roberto Firmino on the Brazilian side was not able to pull out his kick on spot.
Earlier, against Peru, Jesus had also missed a penalty in their last group game and said that he went back to his tried and tested the technique on Thursday.
He said, “In the last game I didn’t look at the keeper and I hit it hard straight away and the goalie made a good save,”
He then further added, “Today I did it my usual way, I looked calmly at the keeper and I could see him moving to the left and I side-footed it the other way.”
After a foul and a dull first half, Brazil took control in the match when Fabián Balbuena for fouling Firmino was sent off in the 58th minute.
The referee at first gave a penalty but then after check in with the video assistant referee changed it to a free kick on the edge of the area.
Willian came very close to score for Brazil in the normal timing but then he hit the post as Paraguay held out for a 0-0 draw for more than 40 minutes next the removal of Fabian Balbuena for a professional foul on Roberto Firmino.
The midfielder Arthur said, “We created lots and lots of chances, the ball hit the woodwork, the goalkeeper worked miracles, but the fans helped us and we never gave up,”
He then further added, “We know what football is like, it’s about small details, and we couldn’t win but we felt the good energies and we managed to get through on penalties.”
Goalkeeper Alisson saluted his teammates by stating, “This is a team that deserved the win today. “It was a draw but against a team that didn’t want to play unless it was on the counter-attack. We’ve gone up one step, two more to go to our objective, to be Copa América champions.”
In the meantime, the team Brazil is enjoying the win right now but still they yet have to work hard for their next match that is the semi-final round on July 2nd at Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte against the Winners Match 21.
Venezuela vs Argentina match which is also Match 21 is going to be held today on 28 June 2019 at Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro which will decide that who among these two teams are going to compete against Brazil on semi-final round.
Brazil 0–0 Paraguay
Brazil 4–3 Paraguay
Willian: Penalty scored
Marquinhos: Penalty scored
Coutinho: Penalty scored
Firmino: Penalty missed
Gabriel Jesus: Penalty scored
Gómez: Penalty missed
Almirón: Penalty scored
Valdez: Penalty scored
Rojas: Penalty scored
González: Penalty missed