Copa America 2011, Paraguay Vs. Venezuela: Preview

Through two games in a Copa America group with Venezuela, Brazil, Paraguay and Ecuador, the leader of the group is Venezuela. Yes, that Venezuela. Historically the worst team in South America, Venezuela has already qualified for the knockout stages of the 2011 Copa America, making it that far in the tournament for only the third time in their history. The 2007 tournament was the first time since 1993 that they did not finish in last or second to last place. They have also never qualified for a World Cup.

So, what's changed? Not a lot, really. This is just a really weird tournament. Both Brazil and Ecuador played like garbage against Venezuela, and Paraguay should be able to defeat them if they're on their game. The team's only big time attacking talent is José Salomón Rondón, and he hasn't scored in this tournament.

Though Paraguay sit in a tie for second place in the group, they have probably been the best team in Group B up until this point. They gave Brazil a serious game in their 2-2 draw, and they were the slightly better team against Ecuador in that 0-0 draw. 

Venezuela are in no matter what. They can win the group with a draw, but that depends on what Brazil do against Ecuador. Paraguay just need a draw to advance, but they could win the group or finish in second place with a victory. A loss would eliminate them.

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