Defending champion Brazil was spared being eliminated by Uruguay in the semifinals of the Copa America when Pablo Garcia
missed his penalty kick with a chance
to put the Celeste into the final.
Instead, Brazil prevailed, 5-4, in the shootout after their game ended, 2-2.
Brazil twice blew leads it had taken in the first half, on goals
and Julio Baptista
. Diego Forlan
and substitute Sebastian Abreu
pulled Uruguay level.
"To be a winning team, you have to know how to suffer," said Brazil coach Dunga
. "In the most difficult moment, you have to have posture, courage and fight until the end." GAME SUMMARY: July 10 in Maracaibo Brazil 2 Uruguay 2.
Goal: Maicon 14, Julio Baptista 45; Forlan 45, Abreu 70. Brazil --
Doni, Maicon, Alex Rodrigo, Juan, Gilberto, Mineiro, Gilberto Silva, Josue (Fernando, 73), Julio Baptista (Diego, 73), Vagner Love (Alex Afonso, 80),
Robinho. Uruguay --
Carini, Perez (Gargano, 74), Lugano, Scotti, D.Rodriguez (I.Gonzalez, 46), C.Rodriguez, Pereira, Garcia, Fucile, Forlan, Recoba
(Abreu, 46). Referee:
Oscar Ruiz (Colombia). Att.:
42,000. (Brazil win
5-4 on penalties.)