The four semifinalists breezed into the final week of play at the Copa America by beating their opponents by a margin of 20-1 in the quarterfinals.
Mexico produced the most one-sided
victory, clobbering Paraguay, 6-0. New star Nery Castillo
scored two goals, the first from the penalty spot in the fifth minute after Paraguay goalkeeper
gave away a penalty and was sent off.
Argentina routed Peru, 4-0, on Sunday with all four goals coming in the second half -- two
from playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme
On Saturday, Uruguay ended host Venezuela's dream to reaching the semifinals for the first time with a 4-1 win
in the weekend's only close game. The Celeste led by only a goal until it added two goals in the final three minutes.
Brazil thumped Chile, 6-1, to silence the critics of Coach Dunga
for his defensive tactics in the first stage of the competition. Dunga uses three players -- Gilberto Silva
-- who are considered defensive specialists in midfield. That may not sit well with fans back home, but
Brazil was unstoppable against Chile.
"We never had a chance," said Chile coach Nelson Acosta
July 7 in San Cristobal Venezuela 1 Uruguay 4.
Goals: Arango 41; Forlan 39, 90, Garcia 65, Rodriguez 87.
Vega, H.Gonzalez, Rey, Cichero, Rojas, Vera, Mea Vitali (Guerra, 76), Paez, Arango, Maldonado (C.Gonzalez, 71), de Ornelas (Arismendi, 46).
Carini, Lugano, Scotti, D.Rodriguez (Godin, 89), Pereira, Garcia, Perez, C.Rodriguez, Fucile, Forlan, Recoba (I.Gonzalez, 79). Referee:
Carlos Chandia (Chile). Att.:
July 7 in Puerto La Cruz Brazil 6 Chile 1.
Goals: Juan 17, Julio Baptista 23, Robinho 28, 50, Josue 69,
Vagner Love 85; Suazo 76. Brazil --
Doni, Maicon (Elano, 71), Alex, Juan (Naldo, 73), Gilberto, Mineiro, Gilberto Silva, Josue, Julio Baptista, Robinho
(Afonso, 65) Vagner Love. Chile --
Bravo, Ormeno, Contreras, Fuentes, Jara (Cabion, 56), Fierro (Valdivia, 46), Sanhueza, Iturra, Gonzalez (Fernandez,
66), Suazo, Lorca. Referee:
Jorge Larrionda (Uruguay). Att.:
25,000. July 8 in Barquisimeto Argentina 4 Peru 0.
Goals: Riquelme 47, 85, Messi 61, Mascherano 75. Argentina --
Abbondanzieri, Zanetti, Ayala, G.Milito, Heinze, Mascherano, Cambiasso (Aimar, 84), Veron (Gago, 72), Riquelme, Messi, D.Milito (Tevez, 46).
Butron, Galliquio, Villalta, Acasiete, Villamarin (Zuniga 63), Vilchez, Bazalar, de la Haza, Marino (Mendoza 75), Guerrero (Garcia 55), Pizarro.
Carlos Eugenio Simon (Brazil). Att.:
July 8 in
Maturin Mexico 6 Paraguay 0.
Goals: Castillo pen. 5, 38, Torrado 27, Arce 79, Blanco pen. 86, Bravo 90. Mexico --
Sanchez. I.Castro, Magallon, Marquez, Pinto, Torrado, Arce (Blanco, 80), Correa, Guardado, Cacho (Bravo 65),
Castillo (Bautista 54). Paraguay --
Bobadilla (Zayas 5), Veron (Vera, 20), Caceres, Da Silva, Bonet, Barreto, Rodriguez, Riveros, Santana (Zayas, 5),
Cardozo (Cabanas 67), Santa Cruz. Red card:
Paraguay -- Bobadilla 5.
Sergio Pezzotta (Argentina). Att.: