Copa America action continued on Saturday, with two crucial Group B matches taking place in Argentina. Brazil looked to shrug off memories of their dour first game against Venezuela, but found the going tough against Paraguay as well when the two sides met in Cordoba, needing a late goal by substitute Fred to draw the match and earn a point that kept their hopes of qualifying for the knockout rounds of the competition intact. Venezuela on the other hand won a tight encounter against Ecuador to jump to the top of the group and hold themselves in good stead to make the next round of matches.
Brazil went into the match knowing that they needed to step up their game from their previous encounter, a poor goalless draw against Venezuela. Though they were the much-fancied side, Paraguay kept Brazil under the cosh for the opening periods, coming close to breaking the deadlock on a couple of occasions before the Samba boys started getting into their groove. The play was still very scrappy, with pitch conditions deplorable, but Brazil went up six minutes before halftime when Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Jadson smacked a right-footed effort low into the bottom corner.