Monday, 2 July 2007

Copa America Day 5 (and late Day 4)

It was the Robinho show last night in the Copa America as the Real Madrid forward scored a hat-trick in Brazil's 3-0 victory over Chile.

The Brazilians looked pedestrian throughout and the 3-0 scoreline did flatter them somewhat. Humberto Suazo again looked impressive for Chile, although he probably should have levelled the game in the second half, but took too long over his shot, allowing Brazil to get players back onto the line to block his eventual effort.

In the other game of the night, Mexico defeated Ecuador 2-1 to book their place in the quarter finals. A first half strike from in-form Nero Castillo and a second after the break from Omar Bravo gave Mexico the victory, despite Edison Mendez's late effort for the Ecuadorians.

Back to Day 4 and hosts Venezuela put themselves in pole position to progress to the knockout stages with a 2-0 victory over the ten men of Peru. Pedro Garcia was sent off within the first fifteen minutes, but it wasn't until the second half that Venezuela made their man advantage count. Goals from Alejandro Cichero and Daniel Arismendi gave them a comfortable victory.

Uruguay got their tournament back on track after scrapping out a 1-0 victory over Bolivia thanks to Vicente Sanchez's second half goal.

The results in both groups setup an intriguing last set of fixtures, with almost all the teams involved still holding hope of qualifying for the next round.

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