Copa America : CONMEBOL has fined Brazil $15,000 because of anti-gay chants during the Copa America’s opening match in Sao Paulo. The South American governing body informed the Brazilian football federation on Thursday that it was being fined over the chants during Brazil’s 3-0 win against Bolivia
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Team : Copa America
Date : Friday, June 28
FIFA has repeatedly fined the Brazilian football body for anti-gay chants in local stadiums.
More of those chants were also heard on Thursday during Brazil’s quarterfinal — a penalty shootout win over Paraguay — at the Arena do Gremio in Porto Alegre.
Bolivia goalkeeper Carlos Lampe heard the slurs several times during the earlier match at the Morumbi Stadium.
Facing early elimination in the Copa America at home, Brazil finally found a way to get past Paraguay in a penalty shootout.
After two consecutive eliminations against its southern neighbor, Brazil came out on top on penalties on Thursday to avoid an embarrassing elimination in the quarterfinals of the South American tournament.
Goalkeeper Alisson made a save and Gabriel Jesus scored the decisive penalty as Brazil defeated Paraguay 4-3 in the shootout to return to the semifinals for the first time since 2007.
Alisson dived to his left to stop the initial penalty by defender Gustavo Gomez, and Gabriel Jesus sealed the victory to keep Brazil on track for its first Copa America title since 2007.
Brazil will next face either Venezuela or Argentina, which play on Friday in Rio de Janeiro.
Brazil had lost to Paraguay the last two times the teams met in the Copa America quarterfinals, in 2011 and 2015, both times in penalty shootouts.
Brazil is the first team into the 2019 Copa America semifinals after beating Paraguay on penalties.
The two sides battled to a scoreless draw over the first 90 minutes of the match Thursday in Porto Alegre, Brazil. With no extra time, La Selecao earned the quarterfinal victory with a 4-3 advantage in penalty kicks.
After entering the tournament as the favorites, Brazil continues to shine in their home country and are now just two wins away from their first continental title since 2007.
Brazil had dominated regulation without scoring a goal, taking 26 shots compared to just five for Paraguay.
The hosts, Brazil, kicks off the quarterfinals against Paraguay. Paraguay squaked into the knockout rounds after Japan and Ecuador ended in a draw and Paraguay had a better (less bad) GD than Japan. Paraguay did not look like the 8th best team in the tournament, but here they are. Miguel Almiron pulls the strings for them and they’ll hope to pull off a surprise.
Paraguay has not been one to just sit back and absorb pressure, though Qatar and Argentina out-possessed them. Brazil averaged 71% possession in the group stages and they will try and do it again. Paraguay will likely try to what they did against Argentina and allow them to have the ball when it is around midfield and with the backline and CMs but if they push up, then they’ll step to the attacker. Brazil likes to possess closer to the final 3rd or to pull near the midfield and send in a long ball down the wing. Paraguay is probably going to button down the hatches and hope to steal a goal. Almiron and whoever plays striker above him, Oscar Cardozo or Federico Santander, will have to be ready to break and quickly in order to sneak by Brazil. Brazil pushes their fullbacks up and will be beatable on the break, but Paraguay will have to be clinical to make it work.