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Paraguay Pass Through The Final Without a Win


Paraguay qualified for 2011 Copa America final after beat Venezuela on penalties. Los Guaranies can carve something phenomenal in Copa America history, be a champion in the tournament without winning the match in normal time. So far they have done it: reach final stage without a winning.

Playing with only 10 people since the first round of extra time, Paraguay succeeded to reduce Venezuela attacks and forced penalties shoot-out. On penalties Gerardo Martino's squad managed to get rid his opponent with score 5-3 and hold the ticket of final match.

This is the first time Paraguay reach Copa America final since 1979. But what they have inscribed this year is phenomenal because Paraguay never plucked victory in normal time, 2 x 45 minutes, although they are not invincible, since the first match in group stage untill semifinals against Venezuela.

Paraguay began their performance in group stage with draw result, 0-0, contra Venezuela. In the second match, they surprised Brazil with forcing draw result, 2-2. The last match also ended with draw, 3-3, against Venezuela. They hold quarterfinals ticket as the best top three team.

The draw trend was continued until quarterfinals, where they again faced Brazil. Score 0-0 persisted after normal period of 2 x 45 minutes and extra times. And the fail of four Brazil executors eventually led Paraguay beat Brazil on penalties 2-0.

Few hours ago Paraguay once again couldn't to finish the game within 90 minutes in semifinal match against Venezuela. Without even a goal after playing for 120 minutes, the result forced the match must be continued into penalty shootout. Villar alacrity blocking Franklin Lucena kick finally gave Paraguay victory with 5-3.

Were the matches a lucky? Public might think so. But whatever the facts Paraguay has managed to break many predictions because now they have been in final stage and have a possibility to write their name in ??history book of Copa America tournament as a team winning the tournament without beating the opponents, if they can force the match against Uruguay going into penalties.

 
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