Football: Rivaldo dismissed as Brazil progress

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BRAZIL OVERCAME the sending-off of Rivaldo for the second time in four matches to emerge 2-1 victors over Mexico in their Copa America Group B match on Saturday. Chile's Marcelo Salas was also shown the red card as his side comfortably overcame Venezuela 3-0 in Ciudad del Este.

Brazil's win takes them through to the quarter-finals. However, they were hardly helped by Rivaldo's dismissal for a violent foul on Salvador Carmona. The World Cup runners-up had cruised to a 2-0 half-time lead thanks to goals from Amoroso and the Palmeiras midfielder Alex. But it was a different story after the break as Mexico picked up the initiative. Isaac Terrazas pulled one back in the 73rd minute and only a flying save from the Brazilian goalkeeper, Dida, prevented Torrado from equalising. Brazil now join Peru in the last eight.

The Lazio forward Salas, recently linked with Arsenal, set up two of Chile's three goals against Venezuela and was unfortunate to be dismissed for an incident interpreted by the referee as play-acting when replays later suggested he had been fouled.

In a rumbustuous encounter, Chile ended the game with nine men after the first half dismissal of right-back Jorge Vargas, while Venezuela's Rolando Alvarez was also sent off after 10 minutes.

Ivan Zamorano gave Chile a fifth-minute lead and Jose Luis Sierra added a second from long-range in the 21st minute. Venezuela's Edson Tortolero slid a Salas cross into his own goal after 65 minutes to conclude a miserable tournament for his side, in which they collected no points, scored no goals and conceded 10.