18 Jul 2011

South American football hierachy in turmoil

5:12 pm on 18 July 2011

South America's football hierarchy is in turmoil after Paraguay beat Brazil 2-0 to eliminate the holders from the Copa America then Venezuela upset Chile 2-1.

The hosts Argentina had already lost to old rivals Uruguay yesterday, leaving the semi-finals devoid of South America's big two.

Brazil and Argentina had met in the two previous finals, both won by the Brazilians.

The semi-final line-up has Uruguay, on course for a record 15th title, facing Peru in La Plata on Wednesday while Paraguay plays Venezuela in Mendoza.