6. SOUTH AMERICA: Brazil claims youth title
Brazil won the South American Under-20 Championship in Paraguay.
For the first time, the tournament served as qualifying for both the
2007 Under-20 World Cup and 2008 Olympics. The top four teams --
Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Chile -- qualified for Canada '07, and Brazil and Argentina will play in the under-23 men's soccer competition
at the Olympics. Argentina edged out Uruguay for the second Olympic
berth when Argentina beat the Celeste, 1-0, on a goal by Lautaro Acosta in the final 20
seconds of stoppage time on the last day of tournament play. Colombia
and Paraguay were the other two teams in the final-round group.
Brazil and Argentina were playing without their European-based stars, but Paraguay '07 was a showcase for other players, including rising Brazilian stars Alexandre Pato, Lucas Pazzini and Leandro Lima. Italian club Inter Milan was reportedly offering $18 million to acquire Alexandre Pato from world club champion Internacional and playmaker Lucas from Gremio. Other names to remember include Edinson Cavani, who scored seven goals for Uruguay, Argentine Maximiliano Morales and Colombian Juan Pino.
Brazil won its ninth U-20 title despite having three players suspended after an attack on Colombian referee Albert Duarte following Brazil's 2-2 tie with Chile
on Jan. 22. Midfielder Fernando was
suspended for the rest of the tournament, while defenders Thiago Heleno
and Carlinhos were each given
two-match bans. At one stage, Duarte, who awarded two late penalty
to the ground holding his red card after being pushed by a Brazilian
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