Paraguay blanks Brazil 2-0 in World Cup qualifying

A 10-man Paraguay downed Brazil 2-0 and remained atop the South American standings in World Cup qualifying on Sunday.

Paraguay lost defender Dario Veron in the 47th minute after his second yellow card, and scored its second goal a minute later.

Roque Santa Cruz’s sprint from midfield ended with a saved shot, but Salvador Cabanas put in the rebound.

The pair also combined on the first goal in the 25th. Edgar Barreto sent in a corner kick, and Cabanas heeled a pass to Santa Cruz who slammed it in.

Paraguay celebrated its fourth win over Brazil in their last eight matches, much to the delight of 33,000 fans at Defensores del Chaco.

With 11 goals scored and only one conceded, Paraguay leads the standings with 13 points, followed by Argentina and Colombia with 9 each, and Brazil on 8.

Brazil, which suffered a first-ever 2-0 loss to Venezuela in a friendly just over a week ago, missed the injured Kaka, and neither Robinho, Luis Fabiano or Adriano could infiltrate Paraguay’s solid defense.

The result didn’t bode well for Brazil’s next qualifier at home with archrival Argentina on Wednesday. Paraguay will play Bolivia in La Paz.


Lineups:

Paraguay: Justo Villar, Dario Veron, Julio Cesar Caceres, Paulo Da Silva, Denis Caniza, Edgar Barreto, Jonathan Santana, Enrique Vera, Roque Santa Cruz (Oscar Cardozo, 80), Salvador Cabanas (Aureliano Torres, 73), Nelson Haedo Valdez (Victor Caceres, 50).

Brazil: Julio Cesar, Maicon, Lucio, Juan, Gilberto, Mineiro (Adriano, 59), Josue (Anderson, 45), Gilberto Silva, Diego (Julio Batista, 70), Robinho, Luis Fabiano.