The coach of Paraguay, Eduardo Berizzo, was proud of the “bravery” that his players showed to fight Brazil and lose in the penalty shootout 4-3, after drawing without goals in the first game of the quarterfinals of the Copa America.
Derlis Gonzalez missed it and Gabriel Jesus scored the decisive penalty in the penalty shootout giving the classification to Brazil (4-3), the first semifinal of “the Canarinha” in 12 years.
“Today’s courage showed by the team make me feel proud of them,” said the Argentinian coach at a press conference at the end of the match.
Paraguay played “an outstanding game”. I congratulate my players for the game they played, even with the difficulty of playing with 10 players for so long, “added the coach.
“The Guarani” played with ten players from the minute 58 because Fabián Balbuena was sent off.
Regarding the bad luck of Gonzalez and Gustavo Gomez, whose penalty was stopped by Alisson, the coach launched: “I put in the bench my players in all situations because I recognize that all my players had the best energy.”
Paraguay had a “courageous, dignified” performance and “we must continue working to transform it into a very dangerous team”, he concluded.