Paraguay vs Venezuela preview
Copa America semifinal- 20th July, 2011
This was originally expected to be a repeat of the Round of 16 World Cup game between Brazil and Chile. But thanks to two completely unexpected quarterfinal victories, it’s eventually ended up as Paraguay vs Venezuela, a battle between two sides who played out a thrilling 3-3 draw just days ago in Group B. Bet on Paraguay vs Venezuela with our recommended bookmakers Bodog after reading our preview at Sportsbookie.com
Paraguay were battered for 120 minutes by Brazil in their quarterfinal against Mano Menezes’ side. However their goalkeeper skipper Justo Villar and his defence held firm against Brazil’s famed attacking players. The game eventually went to penalties where Brazil lost their nerve and missed all four of their penalties. Edgar Barreto missed his for Paraguay but Marcelo Estigarribia and Cristian Riveros got theirs right to give the Albirroja a 2-0 win.
Antolin Alcaraz is suspended for Paraguay. That will result in Ivan Piris being reinducted into the side and a change in position for Dario Veron. There are injury doubts over both Roque Santa Cruz and Aureliano Torres.
Paraguay form- last five games- most recent first- Paraguay scorers in brackets
Brazil 0-0 Paraguay
Paraguay 3-3 Venezuela ( Alcaraz, Barrios, Riveros)
Paraguay 2-2 Brazil ( Santa Cruz, Haedo Valdez)
Paraguay 0-0 Ecuador
Paraguay 0-0 Chile
Venezuela did not require penalties to beat Chile- they did the job in normal time thanks to goals from Vizcarrondo and Cichero. However Tomas Rincon was sent off in the dying minutes of the game, thus rendering him ineligible for this vital semifinal clash against the Paraguayans.
Venezuela form- last five games- most recent first- Venezuela scorers in brackets
Chile 1-2 Venezuela ( Vizcarrondo, Cichero)
Paraguay 3-3 Venezuela ( Rondon, Fedor, Perozo)
Venezuela 1-0 Ecuador ( Cesar Gonzalez)
Brazil 0-0 Venezuela
Venezuela 0-3 Spain
Verdict:- Paraguay to halt Venezuela’s run at Copa America 2011.
Paraguay 2-1 Venezuela ( Barrios, Riveros/ Arango)