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05.07.2007 10:27

Hugo Sánchez rests Márquez

Jesús Carrilllo

Mexico manager Hugo Sánchez rested national captain Rafa Márquez in the final group match against Chile ahead of the sterner tests to come.

A draw against Chile in their final group game was enough to give the Mexico team top place in Group B.

The 0-0 draw also means that Chile will progress to the quarterfinals of the Copa America 2007. In a rather low-key match, both sides knew that a draw would be enough to send them through to the next round, with Mexico finishing top while Chile qualified as the best third-placed team.

Brazil, with a penalty

Meanwhile, Brazil beat Ecuador 1-0 thanks to a penalty from Real Madrid’s Robinho. Brazil finish second in the group behind Mexico with two wins and a defeat. Ecuador are eliminated from the competition.

Four eliminated

The four countries that are eliminated from the competition are Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia and the USA. The last two still have to play their match but the result will have no effect on the standings.


Two of the quarterfinal pairings are now known. Venezuela and Uruguay, who met already in Group A, will lock horns again in the quarterfinal while Brazil will take on Chile in a re-run of their Group B match.
Hugo Sánchez rests Márquez
Peru and Mexico
Argentina and Paraguay are now due to play their last group stage match, which will decide who finishes top and so meets Peru in the quarterfinals. The second-placed side in Group C will meet Mexico, which means that Barça teammates Márquez and Messi may line up on opposite sides as they did in the 2006 World Cup.

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