Thiago Silva & Brazil Crash Out of Copa America

International tournaments are a double-edged sword—the highest glory, the bitterest defeat. The biggest stage for your successes and failures to be immortalized in. Paris Saint-Germain’s David Luiz learned that last summer at the World Cup, crucified by fans and critics alike after a record 7-1 defeat to Germany. Though he went on to have a solid and productive season, the reputation from that match has not escaped him, and likely never will.

Unfortunately, in tonight’s 1-1 (3-4) penalty loss to Paraguay, Thiago Silva has earned himself a share in that scrutiny. After a mistake nearly identical to the penalty conceded in our March win over Chelsea in the Champions League, Brazil and PSG fans alike could be forgiven for thinking that O Monstro would fire in a late header to clinch it. Unfortunately, he didn’t have the chance as the two nations went to penalty kicks. In truth, Dunga’s Brazil side hardly deserved to advance. After a tepid first-half display from both sides, the Brazilians, perhaps save for Dani Alves, seemed content with a 1-0 win. Paraguay grew into the match and they arguably deserved to go through.

Prior to this game Silva had enjoyed a solid tournament at the back. He was named part of the Group Stage Best XI for his confident performances. Marquinhos only enjoyed a single brief substitute appearance, while Luiz started one and was subbed on in another.

PSG fans are left with only Argentina to cheer on, who will face Paraguay in the semi-final and either Chile or Peru in the final.

Tags Brazil National Team Copa America David Luiz International Marquinhos Thiago Silva
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