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Paraguay Reaches Copa America Final

Paraguay’s fairy tale ride in the Copa America tournament continues as they once again rode their luck and won another penalty shootout to beat Venezuela to set up a Copa America final against Uruguay.

Paraguay, which amazingly has yet to win a match in the tournament, booked its place in the final following a scoreless tie and a 5-3 victory on penalties.

The only miss in the shootout came when Justo Villar stopped Franklin Lucena’s shot. Dario Veron held his nerve to score on the final spot kick and somehow Paraguay were in the final.

After the shootout, a brawl between the teams started as Paraguay celebrated, prompting police to intervene. Venezuela coach Cesar Farias blamed Paraguay team officials for provoking his players.

That incident came after a game in which Paraguay had its coach and assistant coach sent-off for arguing decisions.

 

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