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Copa America PHOTOS: Brazil sink Venezuela; Colombia held

June 22, 2015 10:19 IST

Brazil's Thiago Silva

Brazil's Thiago Silva, centre, celebrates with teammates Robinho and Miranda after scoring a goal against Venezuela. Photograph: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters

Thiago Silva and Roberto Firmino scored either side of halftime to fire Brazil to a 2-1 win over Venezuela at the Copa America on Sunday, sending the five-time world champions into a quarter-final meeting with Paraguay.

The victory completed the quarter-final line up that will see hosts Chile face Uruguay on Wednesday, Peru take on Bolivia on Thursday, and Colombia line up against Argentina on Friday.

Saturday's tie between Brazil and Paraguay will be a repeat of four years ago when the Paraguayans advanced on penalties.

"Paraguay is a hard opponent, anyone who watched the last Copa America could see that they got to the final and deservedly so," defender Thiago Silva said on Brazilian television after the game.

Brazil's Roberto Firmino scores past Venezuela's goalie Alain Baroja

Brazil's Roberto Firmino scores past Venezuela's goalie Alain Baroja. Photograph: Ivan Alvarado/Reuters

Venezuela had never beaten Brazil in six Copa America games and their job was made all the harder after just nine minutes.

Thiago Silva, recalled to the side for this match after being dropped, opened the scoring in spectacular style when he volleyed home a corner from former Real Madrid striker Robinho.

Firmino doubled their lead six minutes into the second half when he leapt to volley home a cross from Willian on the left.

Nicolas Fedor got a consolation goal for Venezuela six minutes from time when he stooped to head home from close range after Jefferson had touched a free kick from Juan Arango onto the post.

The result takes Brazil's goalscoring record against Venezuela in the Copa America to 27 goals for to two against.

Colombia draw 0-0 with Peru

Colombia's Pablo Armero sails over Peru's Luis Advincula

Colombia's Pablo Armero sails over Peru's Luis Advincula as Peru's goalie Pedro Gallese fails to hold the ball. Photograph: Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters

Colombia were left sweating on their Copa America hopes after a lacklustre 0-0 draw with Peru on Sunday.

The result took Peru into the quarter-finals but Colombia's advance is dependent on the result of the day's later match between Brazil and Venezuela.

Unlike in most tournaments the final Copa America group games are not played concurrently and so Colombia must hope for either Brazil or Venezuela to win and leave them as one of the best third-placed teams.

"We didn't play well and we're suffering," Colombia's James Rodriguez said. "We need to look at ourselves and recognise that when we don't score we have to take responsibility."

Colombia were the better side and Peruvian keeper Pedro Gallese got down well to stop Radamel Falcao opening the scoring in the third minute. Pablo Armero then shot into the side netting after a defence splitting pass from Rodriguez.

The draw left both Colombia and Peru with four points in Group C and ended Ecuador's chances of progressing as one of the two best third-placed teams from Group A.

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