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Last Updated: Sunday, 8 July 2007, 06:57 GMT 07:57 UK
Brazil sink Chile to reach semis

All the latest news from the Copa America in Venezuela.

QUARTER-FINAL: BRAZIL 6-1 CHILE

Brazil's Robinho is on course to equal Pele's 1959 record of eight goals
Robinho is on course to equal Pele's 1959 record of eight goals

Brazil thrashed Chile 6-1 in their Copa America quarter-final to set up a last-four showdown with 14-time champions Uruguay.

The game was over following a 13-minute spell in the first half in which the Brazilians scored three goals.

Brazil, who had already beaten Chile 3-0 in a Group B clash, opened the scoring in the 16th minute when a corner brushed off Julio Baptista and was then headed home by Juan.

Baptista buried a shot after a breakaway to make it 2-0 before Robinho found the net.

Mark Gonzalez rifled a 30-yard drive against the crossbar for Chile but Brazil struck again six minutes after the break when Gilberto's cross from the left was tapped in at the far post by Robinho for his sixth goal of the tournament.

Robinho is now within striking distance of equalling Pele's record of eight goals at the 1959 tournament.

Josue scored his first goal for Brazil in the 69th minute before Chile grabbed a consolation seven minutes later, with the best goal of the game.

Humberto Suazo flicked the ball through Gilberto's legs and scored with a delicate chip over Doni.

However, Vagner Love completed the rout five minutes from time after a one-two with Elano.

  • Brazil coach Dunga:
    "This was the result of team work, things worked out better. Robinho and Vagner Love's talent is going to appear occasionally but all the players are important. The win against Ecuador was not hell and this is not heaven."

    QUARTER-FINAL: VENEZUELA 1-4 URUGUAY

    Diego Forlan scored twice as Uruguay clinched a semi-final berth by beating hosts Venezuela 4-1 in the last eight of the Copa America.

    Uruguay reached the last eight despite only scoring one goal in the group stages but they took the lead in the 39th minute when Forlan broke clear and drove a low shot past Renny Vega after a long ball from Maximiliano Pereira had left Venezuela's Alejandro Cichero out of position.

    Venezuela, who had progressed beyond the group stage for the first time, equalised when Juan Arango's free-kick went through a gap in the Uruguay wall and took a deflection to leave goalkeeper Fabian Carini with no chance.

    606: DEBATE

    Pablo Garcia restored Uruguay's advantage with a left-foot shot from 25 yards in the 65th minute after Jorge Fucile had backheeled the ball into his path and Cristian Rodriguez made it 3-1 when he latched on to a pass from Forlan and fired home with three minutes remaining.

    Former Manchester United striker Forlan clinched his double when he scored from a rebound in injury time.

  • Venezuela midfielder Ricardo Paez:
    "We represented the country with dignity but I am disappointed because we could have done more."

  • Uruguay forward Cristian Rodriguez:
    "We did not play well in the first round and some thought we would end up a disaster, going home early, but here we are with a strong chance of reaching the final."


    Next fixtures (Kick-off times BST):

    Sunday 8 July - Quarter-finals
    Mexico v Paraguay (2105)
    Argentina v Peru (2350)



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