Without a clue, Brazil was eliminated on penalties 4-2 (0-0) on Saturday in Las Vegas (Nevada, United States) by Uruguay and its rough play, who will face flamboyant Colombia in the semi-final.

The European Football Championship in Germany does not therefore have a monopoly on closed matches, as Brazil and Uruguay proved on Saturday.

Often rough and sometimes violent, the Uruguayans committed 26 of the 41 fouls in the match, ending the game with ten men after being sent off for an uncontrolled tackle by Nahitan Nandez directly on Rodrygo's ankle (74th).

Between the fouls, the rolls and the incessant protests, a few flashes of football crossed the match, notably in the feet of the Brazilian prodigy Endrick, starting at 17 years old at the forefront of the attack in the absence of the Real Madrid star Vinicius Jr., suspended.

Endrick hurt the Celeste defenders with his ball handling and dribbling, but was particularly targeted by the Uruguayan defenders, for shots in the game, from the first minute, or sometimes far from the ball and the referee's gaze.

The young striker missed a great opportunity in the 28th minute, hesitating too much between shooting and passing. A clumsiness followed by another by Uruguayan Darwin Nunez, who missed a header from six meters completely alone (35th).

James Rodriguez shines

Starved of chances, Marcelo Bielsa's Uruguay hung on until the penalty shootout, where goalkeeper Sergio Rochet stopped Eder Militao's attempt, before seeing Douglas Luiz hit the post.

A save from Alisson against Jose Maria Gimenez was not enough for Brazil, eliminated by a successful shot from Paris SG midfielder Manuel Ugarte.

Coach Dorival Junior's Brazil, who won only one of their four matches in the competition, are leaving the Copa America with their heads down, without ever having found the recipe for success despite a team made up of experienced players, but without the injured Neymar.

After three wins in the group stage, Uruguay showed its muscles to earn the right to challenge Colombia in the semi-final, having blazingly beaten weak Panama (5-0) earlier in the day.

Unbeaten in 27 games and at the start of 2022, the Cafeteros are carried during the Copa by their playmaker James Rodriguez, who lights up the competition with his left foot, with a goal and two new assists on Saturday (five in four matches).

James first placed a corner on the head of Jhon Cordoba (4th) then scored from the penalty spot (15th) before launching Luis Diaz into the deep for a lob (41st) which had extinguished the suspense before half-time.

A clear strike from Richard Rios (70th), then a penalty in the last moments from Miguel Borja (90+4) worsened the score in favor of Colombia, which is the favorite in its semi-final played Wednesday in Charlotte (North Carolina).

The winner will face either Lionel Messi's Argentina or Canada in the final on July 14, who will face each other in the other semi-final on Tuesday in New York.

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