Copa America Final 2011, Uruguay Vs. Paraguay: How Paraguay Got Here

You will be very hard pressed to find a neutral who is rooting for Paraguay to win the final of the 2011 Copa America. That is, a neutral who actually likes football and who does not always root for terrible things to happen because they find terrible things to be amusing. They've been boring. They've lead for 54 minutes in five games, two of which have gone into extra time. They haven't won yet in this tournament, getting to the final with five draws. They're negative, boring, and in my opinion, bad for football. I will likely receive hate mail for this and I don't really care, mostly because notable football writer Jonathan Wilson agrees with me.

Regarding the semifinal between Paraguay and Venezuela:

I think this might be the worst game I've seen since Ukraine v Switzerland at the 2006 World Cup.less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

 

And another.

Paraguay seem determined to prove that not only are goals overrated, but so too is any form of constructive football.less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

 

If you didn't see the match: No, this isn't harsh. This was a very, very bad game, and Venezuela probably deserved to win it in the first 120 minutes. Unfortunately for them, Paraguay's defense is quite good, and their penalty takers are even better.

Paraguay got here by drawing six times, winning none, and losing none. Incredible. And disheartening.

A Uruguay win is the bookies' favorite over a Paraguay win on penalty kicks, which I would never bet on in a billion years. Doesn't this feel like destiny? Six draws, three penalty shootout victories, and a major international trophy. It'll set football back decades.

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