Brazil survives shooting to beat Paraguay

Brazil survives shooting to beat Paraguay
The host of the Copa América, Brazil, survived a nervous shoot-out to beat Paraguay and advance to the semifinals on Thursday night in Porto Alegre.

A couple from Paraguay who failed in the shooting saw them leave the tournament, with Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus making the decisive point for Brazil after the match ended 0-0 in regulation.

Jesus had failed a penalty against Peru in his last group game and said he returned to his trial and tested the technique on Thursday.

"In the last game I did not look at the goalkeeper and hit him hard immediately and the goalkeeper made a good save," said Jesus.

"Today I did it in the usual way, I looked calmly at the goalkeeper, I could see him moving on the left and I put him aside."

Brazil, which has won all the American Cups it has received, had the most possession as the Paraguayans collected three yellow cards in the first half, and both teams are rarely the target of the opposition.

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Tite brought Alex Sandro to Filipe Luis at halftime and Brazil saw much more lively from the start.

Fabian Balbuena was whistled for a foul on Roberto Firmino in the penalty area and the referee immediately pointed out the place. However, he changed his decision after consulting the field monitor and gave Brazil a free kick from the area while giving Balbuena a direct score for the tackle.

The subsequent free kick by Dani Alves was hit, but the effervescence was almost deviated from the far post, with Brazil now playing the game for the last 30 minutes after the red Balbuena.

With the advantage of the man, Brazil stood firm on the front foot, but still lacked the required edge with its finish. After seven minutes of rest time, the game went to penalties.

"We created many opportunities, the ball hit the wood, the goalkeeper did miracles, but the fans helped us and we never gave up," said midfielder Arthur.

"We know how football is, it's about small details, and we could not win, but we felt the good energies and we managed to overcome the penalties."

Goalkeeper Alisson, who like Arthur began his career in Porto Alegre, greeted his teammates.

"This is a team that deserved today's victory," said Alisson.

"It was a draw but against a team that did not want to counterattack, we have increased one step, two more in our goal, to be champions of the Copa América."

Willian, Marquinhos and Philippe Coutinho converted their penalties for Brazil, while Miguel Almirón, Bruno Valdez and Rodrigo Rojas scored for Paraguay before Jesus made the decisive point.

Brazil now has four consecutive shutouts in the Copa America, its longest streak in the tournament since it kept eight clean sheets from 1989 to 1991.