Football: Fog fails to prevent Brazilian progress

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CUAUHTEMOC BLANCO scored twice to send Mexico into the quarter- finals of the Copa America on Tuesday, and then got himself suspended by being sent off. His goals also sent Chile into the last eight before they started their match against Brazil, which they lost 1-0 to a Ronaldo penalty.

The game was suspended when dense fog descended on the 3 February stadium in Ciudad del Este with Brazil, who had also qualified beforehand, a goal ahead with five minutes left to play. The result was allowed to stand.

Mexico comfortably secured their place with a 3-1 win over the weakest team in the competition, Blanco scoring twice and setting up the other for Daniel Osorno as they raced to a 3-0 half-time lead. Venezuela pulled a goal back, their first and only one of the tournament, when Gabriel Urdaneta found the net with a well-taken effort in the 73rd minute.

In the later Group B game Brazil were leading 1-0 with through a penalty from Ronaldo, his third goal of the competition, when play was suspended. The fog came down quickly, causing conditions to go from clear to unplayable in the space of five minutes.

Brazil finished top of the group with a maximum nine points, followed by Mexico on six and Chile on three.