July 9, 2011 / 9:06 PM / in 7 years

Soccer-Brazil come from behind for 2-2 draw with Paraguay

CORDOBA, July 9 (Reuters) - Substitute Fred struck in the final minute as Brazil came from behind to draw 2-2 with Paraguay in Group B at the Copa America on Saturday.

Brazil took the lead six minutes before halftime at the Mario Alberto Kempes stadium in a fast counter-attack with Ganso touching the ball through to Jadson who wasted no time shooting from the edge of the box low into the bottom corner.

Striker Roque Santa Cruz equalised 11 minutes after the interval when the defence failed to clear a Marcelo Estigarribia cross from the left into the middle of the box where he shot into the bottom corner past Julio Cesar.

Paraguay went ahead 12 minutes later when the ever dangerous Estigarribia robbed Daniel Alves on the left of the box and squared to the middle where substitute Nelson Haedo Valdez’s shot came off Lucio but he put it away at the second attempt.

Brazil snatched their late equaliser when striker Fred took a through pass into the box from Ganso and fired low past Villar.

Both teams have two points after their first two games.

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