Brazil vs Paraguay by DamirJ
Brazil didn't impress much during the group stage, but the team still managed to get the qualifying spot comfortably, but also to impress more in the last match they played against Venezuela which they have won with a 2:1 result. Silva opened the scoreline in ninth minute, while Firmino doubled up the lead in sixth minute of repetition.
Fedor only managed to reduce the deficit in 84th minute, as Brazilians were controlling the situation as they would progress anyway with a point taken as well. After a narrow victory over Peru and defeat to Colombia, it was nice to see Brazilians taking the control of the game from the beginning and approach towards an comfortable ending. Fernandinho, Filipe Luis, Thiago Silva and Roberto Firmino are all one booking away from suspension, but no doubt that all of them will play from the start here. Forward Neymar is suspended for this one and will miss the rest of the competition which surely is a big blow for the Brazilians. Coach Dunga will overall probably name an unchanged squad in comparison to the one that have defeated Venezuela.
Paraguay was happy to get a draw against Uruguay in a 1:1 draw in the third round of their group stage, as the team managed to get the second position and earn a quarter-finals spot. They previously surprised by taking a point in a 2:2 draw against Argentina, but also have won narrowly over Jamaica 1:0 in the second round.
Uruguay took the lead first in 29th minute via Gimenez, while they replied just before the halftime whistle via Barrios. As the game was progressing towards it's end, neither of the teams looked like very threatening and the draw seems to be a fair result, even though the players of Uruguay were slightly more active. Midfielder Richard Ortiz is suspended for this game, while Osmar Molinas is expected to partner Nestor Ortigoza on his position. Lucas Barrios will probably start up front with Nelson Valdez alongside him. Start eleven should be quite similar to the one that featured against Uruguay couple of days before.
Brazil had more than decent performance against Venezuela and the team is now expected to continue at the same level. In case of that, I see no real chance for Paraguay here, team that plays simply too slow in comparison to Brazil. Paraguay knocked out Brazil back in 2011 at Copa America, but this time there is no realistic chances for them. Brazil to get their revenge easy or hard, while the odds are surely worth taking a risk.