JOHANNESBURG SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 03: Justo Villar of Paraguay celebrates with team mates after he saves the second penalty kick from Xabi Alonso of Spain during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Quarter Final match between Paraguay and Spain at Ellis Park Stadium on July 3 2010 in Johannesburg South Africa. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Copa America 2011 Quarterfinals, Brazil Vs. Paraguay: Brazil Eliminated On Penalties

After a 0-0 draw, Brazil missed all four of their penalties as Paraguay prevailed on kicks to advance to the semifinals

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Copa America 2011 Quarterfinals, Brazil Vs. Paraguay Final Score: 0-0; 0-0 AET; Paraguay Win 2-0 On Penalties

The favourites are tumbling like flies in the 2011 Copa America. First Argentina went out on penalties to Uruguay, and now Brazil have done the same against Paraguay, who are (amazingly) in the semi-finals without having won a single match.

There wasn't too much hope for Paraguay going into the game. Brazil had hit their stride against Ecuador and Paraguay's defence had been leaking goals. About the best they could have hoped for was to somehow hold out through 120 minutes of football and take the match to penalty kicks. They did, just, and it all worked out perfectly for them. Here's how it all went down.

Brazil started strongly enough, dominating possession for the entirety of the first half. Paraguay were completely unable to get the ball out of their own end, instead focusing on denying their opponents any space in the penalty area in which to weave their magic.

It worked, to a point - Brazil didn't get as many chances as they'd have liked, but both Lucio and Neymar ought to have opened the scoring before the half was done, the former hitting a shot right at goalkeeper Justo Villar from all of three yards out and the latter shooting wastefully wide after being played into space by Robinho.

With the game 0-0 at half time, there wasn't much panic from Brazil, but there was a change in approach. Instead of being all about possession, they because far more focused on throwing bodies forward in an attempt to overwhelm the hitherto good-enough Paraguay defence. This had the effect of stretching the match, allowing the underdogs some possession of there own, and a couple of (admittedly wasted) dangerous moments.

Again, Brazil should have scored. Paulo Henrique Ganso hit the post after a fine save by Villar pushed his half volley (just about) to safety. Alexandre Pato was implausibly denied by excellent work from the goalkeeper once more. Neymar was forced off with an injury late on in the match, but Fred, his replacement, nearly scored himself, his header beating Villar but being cleared off the line by substitute Edgar Baretto.

It wasn't your typical boring 0-0 draw, then - this was one team fighting for its lives to take the match to extra time and penalties while the other threw everything they had in an attempt to break them. It took some bad luck and fine goalkeeping from Villar to ensure the 90 minutes ended scoreless, but somehow, Paraguay survived.

With penalties and a good chance at an unlikely win in sight, Gerardo Martino's side kept things relatively quiet in extra time. There were some very tired legs on the pitch by that point, and the only really noteworthy event of the entire half hour added on was a full-out brawl that saw a player from each side sent off, Sergio Pezzotta reaching into his pocket to dismiss Brazil midfielder Lucas Leiva as well as Paraguay defender Antolin Alcaraz.

The fight was much more interesting than the play. If the first 90 minutes was the opposite of an unexciting goalless draw, this was that's opposite. Slow, plodding play matched with slow, plodding feet as both teams ambled their way to the non-inevitable penalty shootout.

Paraguay had already secured a moral victory in keeping Brazil's attacking talents at bay for so long. Could they manage a real one as well? If they did manage to win it, it would assumedly be through the heroic exploits of Villar in the net. He'd already saved them countless times during the match and it would be more than fitting if he were to be a hero in the shootout as well.

Brazil went first, substitute Elano stepping up to the spot. A deep breath, a focused look... and then a kick that may well have achieved orbit. Elano stared in shock at the ground - the soil below his plant foot had given way. The result was the same for Edgar Baretto, whose effort missed low and to the left. The turf at the Ciudad de La Plata had been giving both teams problems all match, and now it was playing merry havoc with the penalties. The question stopped being who would miss, and became a question of anyone being able to score at all.

Thiago Silva couldn't, but he at least hit the target, his low shot saved well by Villar. Paraguayans Marcelo Estigarribia and Cristian Riveros had no such problems, though, each smashing the ball straight up the middle. A hilarious miss by Andre Santos prior to Riveros' goal meant that the game stood at 2-0 Paraguay with two kicks left apiece. With Fred up at the spot, a miss meant Brazil were going home.

Fred slipped, missing low and to the right. Brazil were out, Paraguay went through, and a bizarre Copa America contrived to get even stranger.

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Copa America 2011 Quarterfinals, Brazil Vs. Paraguay: Penalty Shootout

Well, it's just what Brazil wouldn't want now: A penalty shootout. Paraguay, on the other hand, are presumably pretty happy about this - they've got a 50/50 chance of advancing out of a quarterfinal where they were thoroughly overmatched by their opponents. Can Justo Villar keep his streak of ridiculously good saves going? Will Julio Cesar be able to stay focused after having virtually nothing to do all game? Who'll be the goat, and who'll be the heroes?

Penalty shootouts are at once ridiculous and the most tense aspects of the game of football. This particular one is for a place in the Copa America semi-finals. Let's see what happens.

Elano (BRA): Misses, high left.
Edgar Baretto (PAR): Misses, low left.
Thiago Silva (BRA): Saved, low right.
Marcelo Estigarribia (PAR): Scores, high middle.
Andre Santos (BRA): Misses, high middle.
Cristian Riveros (PAR): Scores, high middle.
Fred (BRA): Misses, low left.

PARAGUAY WIN 2-0 ON PENALTIES

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Copa America 2011 Quarterfinals, Brazil Vs. Paraguay: Game Goes To Penalties After Extra Time Ends Scoreless

Who had this game going to penalties? After 120 minutes of football in this Copa America quarterfinal, we're heading towards the horror of a penalty shootout, which will be just what Paraguay wanted and the very opposite of what Brazil (who dominated the match) would have had in mind. After 90 minutes of knocking ont he door and being denied by the wonderful Justo Villar, Brazil might have hoped that the scoring gods would smile more kindly upon them in extra time, but that wasn't to be.

Extra time, in fact, was dominated by a first-half fight that saw both Lucas Leiva and Antolin Alcarez sent off . The game never really recovered after that, with tired legs plodding aimlessly about as both sides resigned themselves to spot kicks. Tense, eh? Brazil have made a couple of switches, presumably with penalties in mind, Lucas Silva and Elano coming on for Paulo Henrique Ganso and Pato respectively.

Anyway. Who's got luck on their side now?

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Copa America 2011 Quarterfinals, Brazil Vs. Paraguay: Fight Breaks Out, Sees Lucas And Alcaraz Sent To The Showers

Oh dear me. Sergio Pezzotta has had a lot of work to do in dealing with a fight between Lucas Leiva, Antolin Alcaraz and a supporting cast that essentially involved all eleven men on each team. It started with a simple tackle on the Paraguay left, and although it looked like there was a foul involved, the retaliation turned into kicking and stamping before Lucas decided to hurl himself, elbows swinging, into the fray.

Alcaraz didn't exactly react kindly to seeing Nelson Valdez take a flailing limb to the back of his head, and he replied in kind to Lucas - and in full view of Pezzotta. Eventually, the goalkeepers arrived to pull their players out of the scrum that had developed around the two combatants, and after the dust had settled, Pezzotta had no alternative but to call Lucas and Alcaraz over and show them both a straight red card. That wasn't very clever behaviour from the pair of them, tired or not.

It's still 0-0, and the fight lasted long enough to essentially take us into the second period of extra time. We're very close to a penalty shootout now...

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Copa America 2011 Quarterfinals, Brazil Vs. Paraguay: Extra Time Gets Started

Paraguay kick us off to start the first period of extra time, but it's Brazil who are on the attack. A searching long put forward by left back Andre Santos finds Alexandre Pato up front, and the AC Milan striker does very well to knock the ball back into space for Fred.  At 25 yards out and with nobody able to charge him down, it's the perfect opportunity to shoot, and that he does, but it all goes a little bit wrong for the former Lyon forward and the resulting effort ends up rolling into Justo Villar's arms at about three miles an hour. Despite the range, that was a real chance. Whoops.

Paraguay make their reply by pressing into the Brazil half, but the absence of Lucas Barrios means that there's no real focal point to the attack and the result is some sort of aimless meandering around the area before Lucas Leiva steals the ball back for Brazil. Paraguay might be better just defending for their lives and trying for penalties - if they press the attack they run a real risk of exposing themselves to a counterattack. It is, of course, still 0-0 in this Copa America semifinal.

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Copa America 2011 Quarterfinals, Brazil Vs. Paraguay: 0-0 After 90 Minutes; Game Goes To Extra Time

As 0-0 draws go, this has been a pretty entertaining one. Brazil have had plenty of chances to put goals past Paraguay, but have been denied every time by goalkeeper Justo Villar, who's made a number of impressive saves to keep his team in the game.

Brazil dominated the first half, but failed to create much of anything. The best chances were falling to Santos striker Neymar, but the 19-year-old's shooting radar was off all game, skidding his best chance well wide when one on one with Villar. The goalkeeper was also forced into a good save from centre back Lucio after a free kick found him lurking with intent in the six yard box, but other than that not much was happening. Brazil were keeping the ball, and Paraguay were defending.

The second half was a slightly different story as the favourites sacrificed some possession for creativity, opening things up and letting Paraguay have their say, too. Brazil were still the better side after the break, of course, and Villar had to step his game up to keep out the likes of Pato, Paulo Henrique Ganso and Robinho, but Paraguay were getting more of the ball than they'd seen in the first half, and that made for a very exciting game.

Ultimately, Brazil failed to break down a stubborn defence, and the first ninety minutes ended scoreless. We go, therefore, to extra time and possibly penalties. Just what Paraguay would have wnated when they started the match, I'd wager.

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Copa America 2011 Quarterfinals, Brazil Vs. Paraguay: Neymar Injury Forces Teenager Off

It hasn't really been Neymar's tournament, and it definitely hasn't been his day. After three good chances to score, two int he first half and one in the early stages of the second, he appears to have tweaked his right knee while attempting a free kick (the very one that Alexandre Pato nearly scored from), and after attempting a few minutes of limping around he's been forced to withdraw, Fred coming on in his place.

I don't think that Neymar's injury will be too serious, considering he was still running (albeit not very well) after sustaining it, but it's still hardly good news for the 19-year-old. Oh, and speaking of substitutions, Paraguay have made their third, with Lucas Barrios being withdrawn for Hernan Perez. Paraguay are in this for the long haul now.

Brazil, meanwhile, have seen three fantastic scoring chances come to naught - Fred early scored with his first touch of the game, Pato was then denied by a fine stop by Justo Villar and then Fred popped up once again with a firm header that beat the goalkeeper only to be cleared off the line by Edgar Barreto. Amazing scenes. It's still 0-0. Somehow.

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Copa America 2011 Quarterfinals, Brazil Vs. Paraguay: Alexandre Pato Latest Brazilian To Nearly Score

We're at the stage of the game where we'd expect some substitutions to be made, and Paraguay coach Gerardo Martino has obliged, withdrawing Enrique Vera for Edgar Barretto before being forced into a switch when Aureliano Torres had to be carted off the field with some sort of hamstring problem, Elvis Marecos coming on in his place. Astonishingly, within two minutes of each coming onto the field, they'd found their way into Sergio Pezzotta's book.

Marecos' foul was particularly dangerous, coming near the corner flag, and Neymar's delivery eventually fell to Alexandre Pato. Pato's first touch took him into shooting position, and his second smashed the ball off the ground and towards the top corner of the goal. Justo Villar was up to the challenge, however, swinging a strong right arm to swat the ball out of the air. Very, very close, that - but somehow it's still 0-0.

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Copa America 2011 Quarterfinals, Brazil Vs. Paraguay: Paulo Henrique Ganso Denied By Justo Villar

The match is still scoreless more than an hour in and Brazil could well be in some trouble now. Paraguay are getting back into the game a little bit, and that development has coincided with Brazilian centre half Thiago Silva starting to favour his previously injured thigh. The leadup to the match focused on the possiblity of Thiago Silva being unable to start, and it wouldn't be a huge surprised if he ended up being force to the bench before too much longer, which would obviously a major blow to the team.

That said, up front things are a different story, and the hitherto fairly quiet Paulo Henrique Ganso has just come within a fingertip of giving the favourites a deserved leave, picking up the ball on the edge of the area and hammering a powerful shot through a crowd of players towards Justo Villar's left-hand post. The goalkeeper, who was unsighted, somehow managed to get across in time to brush the ball onto the upright and out for a corner - that was a very good save, and it's the only reason the game is still at 0-0.

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Copa America 2011 Quarterfinals, Brazil Vs. Paraguay: Free Kick Gives Paraguay Rare Chance

It's a rare chance for Paraguay as for the first time all match they acheive something approaching penetration into the Brazilian half. Paraguay work the ball down their left flank, and eventually possession ended up with Nélson Haedo Váldez, whose attempt to surge into Julio Cesar's penalty area was rather curtailed by Andre Santos flicking out a foot and felling the striker on the very edge of the box.

It's a yellow card and free kick - just. Unfortunately, it's completely wasted, Aureliano Torres smashing the set piece straight into the wall and then hitting the rebound out of play. With the way the game is going, you'd have thought that Paraguay would be more interested in floating the ball into the box rather than going for a low percentage shot. Ah well. A few minutes later, and Sergio Pezzotta completes his Brazilian fullback set, Maicon joining Andre Santos in the referee's book for a foul on Marcelo Estigarribia.

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Copa America 2011 Quarterfinals, Brazil Vs. Paraguay: Second Half Underway; Another Chance Falls To Neymar

Brazil kick us off to get the second half underway. The first ended 0-0, and that's not a result the favourites will be best pleased with - they'll be pushing forward to try to nab a goal (or two, or three) this half, especially with the risk that the likes of Lucas Barrios will be able to sneak in a poach a goal during Paraguay's rare ventures forwards.Within the first few minutes of the half, they very nearly got it.

Excellent work by Ramires saw Brazil retain possession in the final third, and the ball was eventually shuttled to Neymar on the left - who may well have been offisde, on replay. Paraguay's defence had been sucked towards the middle, and Neymar was free to smash in a cross-cum-shot from ten yards out. It would have gone straight in with Justo Villar helpless if not for a very timely intervention from Aureliano Torres, who managed to hook the ball out on its way to the back of the net. That's a statement of intent from the Brazilians, then. Surely we can't stay scoreless for long?

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Copa America 2011 Quarterfinals, Brazil Vs. Paraguay: 0-0 At Halftime Despite Brazilian Dominance

After 46 minutes of some interesting football, it's halftime in the Copa America quarterfinal match between Brazil and Paraguay, and it remains scoreless despite Brazil more or less totally dominating the game. Paraguay's lone effort in the vague direction of Julio Cesar's goal was a scudding attempt from Marcelo Estigarribia that went about as far wide as it was shot from - and the tricky winger was at least 35 yards from goal when he tried it.

Brazil, meanwhile, have had several good chances. Neymar has missed twice when he might have scored, and Justo Villar had to perform a heroic sacrifice of the body to keep a close-range shot from centre half Lucio from rippling the back of the net. That said, Brazil haven't been quite as good as they could have been - the Paraguayan defence is working very hard to deny the favourites the time and space they need to play.

When Brazil have been kept off the scoreboard for a full half and their best chance came off a set piece, you know you're doing something right. That front line of Neymar, Alexandre Pato and Robinho could go through most teams like butter, and it's a credit to Paraguay that they haven't.

The pitch at the 53,000-seat Ciudad de La Plata, meanwhile, is playing merry havoc with the game. Players are going down left and right as they're trying to navigate the heavily-watered turf, and unless they're taking diving to hitherto unexplored levels of hilarity, I don't think they're doing that on purpose. One would think that a poor pitch would benefit Paraguay more than Brazil, but right now the underdogs are barely getting a sniff of the ball.

Overall, despite Brazil's dominance, I can't imagine that they're that happy with the way things are going. The longer things go on at 0-0, the better chance Paraguay have to snatch a result. They need a goal, and they know it.

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Copa America 2011 Quarterfinals, Brazil Vs. Paraguay: Justo Villar Saves Against Lucio At Point-Blank Range

How have Brazil not scored? That man Enrique Vera, already booked for a previous foul against Neymar, gives away another free kick in a scary position (fortunately, no yellow card was forthcoming this time from Sergio Pezzotta), and Brazil very nearly made the most of it. Left back Andre Santos whipped his delivery into the Paraguay box, where the ball evaded everyone apart from Lucio, who instinctively stabbed the ball towards goal from just a few yards out.

Unfortunately for Lucio, he somehow managed to hit the ball straight at Justin Villar, and the shot rebounded off the goalkeeper and safely out of play. No celebrations for Villar, though - Lucio's effort struck the tenderest part of his anatomy with no small velocity, and after the adrenaline wore off he went down in a bit of a whimpering heap for a while. Worth it to stop the shot though, right?

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Copa America 2011 Quarterfinals, Brazil Vs. Paraguay: Neymar Spurns Glorious Opportunity

Oh dear, Neymar. That was an absolutely appalling. A bad error from Paulo Da Silva saw Brazil earn possession very close to Paraguay's penalty area, and they nearly took full advantage, with the ball pinging around before reaching Robinho, who then took advantage of the defensive disarray by slipping in Neymar with a cute pass into the box.

The 19-year-old was one on one with Justo Villar, but was forced to rush his shot a little bit, clipping the ball well wide. He should have scored, and it should be 1-0 to Brazil. It doesn't look as though they'll regret missing out there - the team's playing well enough that there should be plenty more chances. Still, you feel, Brazil will be at least a little worried for as long as the game remains scoreless. We''re thirty minutes into this Copa America quarterfinal, and the match is still 0-0.

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Copa America 2011 Quarterfinals, Brazil Vs. Paraguay: Brazil In Control So Far In First Half

Brazil have this quarterfinal totally under control right now. Paraguay are having difficulty getting out of their own half - their forays into Brazilian territory are being rapidly curtailed. If the game continues in this vein, only a bad mistake by the favourites will see the underdogs score a goal, let alone enough to advance. Still, the game's still scoreless, and anything can happen at this point.

At the other end of the pitch, Brazil are moving the ball around absolutely beautifully, with Alexandre Pato in particular playing some sublime football. Neymar's making a nuisance of himself as well. Enrique Vera was forced to drag him back as he threatened to cut in from the left wing, earning himself an entry into Sergio Pezzotta's little black book for his troubles, not to mention a dangerous-looking Brazil free kick. No worries, though. The set piece was totally wasted.

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Copa America 2011 Quarterfinals, Brazil Vs. Paraguay: Neymar Misses Good Chance; Still 0-0

Brazil's first effort on goal come through Ramires and wasn't particularly close to troubling anyone. Their next effort was far more dangerous. Alexandre Pato was given acres of space on the left, and the AC Milan forward duly surged down the flank before cutting back into the penalty area and trying to cross for club teammate Robinho. Paraguay's defence managed to get in the way, deflecting the ball away from the immediate danger- and too a very different one.

Neymar had been following in and arrived at the top of the box at the same time as the ball did. Not bothering to control, he unleashed a fizzing shot towards Justo Villar's goal. Paraguay were relieved to see the ball ultimately buzz inches over the crossbar. It didn't look as though there was much Villar could have done about that. It's still 0-0 in the first half at the Ciudad de La Plata.

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Copa America 2011 Quarterfinals, Brazil Vs. Paraguay: Match Underway

The Copa America quarterfinal between Brazil and Paraguay is underway at the Ciudad de La Plata, referee Sergio Pezzotta blowing his whistle to get us started. 50,000 plus fans let lose their lungs as Paraguay kick off, and it doesn't take long for them to throw themselves forward, pressing Brazil's back line and midfield. It also doesn't take long for there to be some sort of injury - the clock read 1:17 when the Pezzotta brought the game to a halt for an apparent head injury to Paraguay forward Lucas Barrios, who then gets up looking rather sheepish about the whole affair.

It's Brazil who have the first shot of the match, with Ramires picking up a bobbling ball, running through the Paraguay midfield, and unleashing a right-footed effort that ended up going well over the crossbar. Justo Villar had it covered all the way anyway. Paraguay respond by sending a silly 40 yard shot from Marcelo Estigarribia well wide. Odd.

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Copa America 2011 Quarterfinals, Brazil Vs. Paraguay: Paraguay Lineup

It's a tough ask for Paraguay today. The tough-tackling side will have to somehow beat new favourites Brazil in their Copa America quarterfinal match, and it's not the same Brazil side that they held to a 2-2 draw in the group stages. Well, it is, but they're apparently good again, and that should worry Paraguay and their fans, because for all of huge effort and hard work, Paraguay are... less of a good team, especially with Blackburn Rovers striker Roque Santa Cruz missing through a knee problem.

Lucas Barrios will be the focal point of the underdog's play. The Borussia Dortmund striker can and will score if given the opportunity, so one imagines that the rest of the team will be utterly devoted to giving the talented hitman as much service in the box as humanly possible - and hoping to hold out against a dangerous Brazil attack at the same time. Can Paraguay come up with a win? Well, stranger things have happened, but the gulf between these two sides is significantly higher than the gap between (an admittedly Edinson Cavani-less) Uruguay and Argentina in their quarterfinal yesterday.

Paraguay (4-4-2): Justo Villar; Dario Verón, Aureliano Torres, Paulo Da Silva, Antolín Alcaraz; Cristian Riveros, Víctor Cáceres, Enrique Vera, Marcelo Estigarribia; Lucas Barrios, Nélson Haedo Váldez.

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Copa America 2011 Quarterfinals, Brazil Vs. Paraguay: Brazil Lineup

With the likes of Neymar and Alexandre Pato finally waking up In Brazil's last group-stages game against Ecuador, Brazil's lineup is finally looking dangerous. Brazil, of course, play a 4-3-3 built around their explosive attacking trident of Neymar, Pato and AC Milan's Robinho with ample support from young playmaker Paulo Henrique Ganso, for whom the tournament has been something of a coming-out party.

Behind Ganso lurks Ramires, Chelsea's shuttling central midfielder par excellence. He'll be providing much of the vertical movement in the side, while Lucas Leiva will act as a stopper and simple distributor. There's big news int he defence, where Thiago Silva is fit to start. He'll partner Lucio in the centre, with Andre Santos and Maicon flanking them. No spot in the back line, then, for either Dani Alves or David Luiz, first choice starters for Barcelona and Chelsea respectively. Hmm.

Brazil (4-3-3): Julio Cesar; Andre Santos, Thiago Silva, Lucio, Maicon; Lucas Leiva; Ramires, Paulo Henrique Ganso; Neymar, Alexandre Pato, Robinho.

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Copa America 2011, Brazil Vs. Paraguay: Preview

In the first two rounds of group play in the 2011 Copa America, one game stood out as far and away the most entertaining. Brazil were a disappointment to their fans before their 4-2 win over Ecuador, but they at least helped to put on a good show for the neutrals with a 2-2 draw against Paraguay one round before. Thanks to the way the draw played out, those two sides now play each other in a quarterfinal matchup on Sunday afternoon.

Against Ecuador, the chemistry between Brazil's big time attackers was incredible. Playmaker Paulo Henrique Ganso and forwards Pato and Neymar were all absolutely brilliant, and it's bad news for the rest of the tournament field if those three players are loose, creative, and clicking with each other. Paraguay's defense should put up more of a fight than Ecuador's did, but it would be surprising to see them kept off the scoreboard after their two goals against Paraguay in the group stage matchup and four goals against Ecuador on Wednesday.

Brazil will likely be missing one key player, as central defender Thiago Alves picked up a knock and is not expected to start. The good news is that the man who is likely to step into the lineup in his place, David Luiz, is much more than backup quality. A revelation at Chelsea FC after his January arrival in the English Premier League, many argue that he should have been in the starting lineup in the first place.

Coming into this match, talent aside, Brazil should have a bit of a mental edge. Of course, mental edges are all subjective guesswork in the first place, but it would be a bit surprising if Paraguay were 100 percent confident coming into this one. They were about to beat Brazil before Fred scored an 89th minute equalizer in their group stage match, and then they proceeded to do a worse version of the same thing as they allowed Venezuela to score twice in five minutes to turn a 3-1 deficit into a 3-3 draw. Paraguay have not been closing matches, and it would be hard to believe that it isn't in their head to some extent.

Don't count on Brazil prevailing, though. After the two quarterfinals yesterday, it's become obvious that everything is possible and nothing is certain in Copa America. After Uruguay and Peru defeated Argentina and Colombia yesterday, it would only be fitting to see Paraguay pull off a similar upset.

Brazil vs. Paraguay kicks off at 3:00 PM E.T. and can be seen on Univision and Youtube in the USA. For more on the Copa America, check out our 2011 Copa America section for all of our coverage from throughout the tournament. We'll have coverage of Sunday's later quarterfinal, Chile vs. Venezuela, as well. For our coverage of Saturday night's quarterfinals, check out our Colombia vs. Peru and Argentina vs. Uruguay StoryStreams. 

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