Willian: ‘I couldn’t sleep after Brazil defeat’

“Some vomited and we had to slow down our training sessions because of that”.


“We lost five players for this year’s tournament, and that makes it harder”. “Some guys might have had a problem”.

Goalkeeper Jefferson however backed his manager.

“Everyone woke up with headaches and some had aches and pains, it was weird that everyone got it at the same time”, Jefferson said.

Paraguay impressed as they deservingly knocked out Brazil on penalties after a 1-1 draw to reach the semi-finals.

After failing to score from the spot in their 2-0 shootout loss to the Paraguayans at the same stage four years ago, Brazil once again fluffed their lines when it mattered – with Everton Ribeiro and Douglas Costa crucially missing.

“In addition to scant individual and collective quality, the selecao lives with the complex of enormous expectation and responsibility created by Brazilian football’s history”, he wrote in the Folha de S.Paulo. “We must apply pressure and be organised”, he said.

Paraguay are now set to face favourites Argentina in the second semi-final in Concepción on Tuesday (June 30), with hosts Chile’s tie against Peru set to take place a day earlier in Santiago. Matches between the two neighbours are known as the “Clasico del Pacifico” and are played against a backdrop of enmity that dates back to the 1879-1883 War of the Pacific.

“That match could have finished 6-2 or 5-2”, he said. Peruvians see it differently, arguing that in fact it was first tried in the port city of Callao in the late 1800s, being given the name, “La Chalaca”.

There was no craft, no creativity, from the country with the most exhilarating football history of all.

Stand-in captain Miranda defended the preparation taken by his side’s penalty-takers, and said the team were already looking ahead to the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. Except for the matches in Chile’s group, that included a ‘B’ Mexico side, Bolivia and Ecuador, this tournament has been about scoring once and then defending, or simply playing to ruin the opponent’s day. Another failure would be devastating for Brazil, the only nation to never miss out on a World Cup.

The 44th Edition of Copa America went stunning and disappointing to Dunga’s Brazil Football Team.

Diaz highlighted that Paraguay didn’t lose against Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil and that they even achieved better results, while he later praised the next rival saying that “Argentina is the world’s best team”.


Robinho’s goal in the opening quarter-hour had Brazil on track to progress past the quarter-finals in Concepcion.

Paraguay stun Brazil to reach Copa semis