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Brazil, Mexico reach next round at Copa America

5 July 2007 07:09

PUERTO DE LA CRUZ, Venezuela (AFP) - Mexico and Chile booked their spots in the Copa America quarter-finals after the two sides played out a tepid goalless draw Wednesday.

The result saw the Mexicans top Group B on seven points after victories over Brazil and Ecuador, while Chile's four-point haul was good enough for them to also make the last eight.

In the evening's second game, Brazil edged Ecuador, 1-0, to earn a matchup with Chile in the quarter-finals.

The result also eliminates the United States and Colombia, who meet on Thursday in their final Group C game. Neither side can overhaul Uruguay, which claimed the second-best third-place record thanks to the result.

Mexico and Chile were booed off the pitch at the final whistle by the 35,000 fans packed into the Luis Ramos stadium after a game of few chances.

With qualification already assured, Mexico boss Hugo Sanchez took the opportunity to include fringe players Gonzalo Pineda, Jose Antonio Castro and Jaime Lozano.

Robinho scored Brazil's only goal from the spot after 55 minutes as Dunga's side eventually overcame their winless opponents in an entertaining game in Puerto La Cruz.

Brazil had the better of the first half but it was Ecuador which threatened first.

Ten minutes after the half-time break, Robinho opened the scoring when he was brought down in the box before dusting himself off to convert the resulting penalty.

That seemed to deflate the Ecuadorians and they were unable to threaten the Brazilians for the rest of the encounter.

Robinho was inches away from nodding in a second for Brazil from Wagner Love's cross, as Ecuador were eliminated having conceded six goals in three games.

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