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Alisson: Brazil must retain focus after ‘deserved’ Paraguay win

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Alisson Becker believes Brazil were worthy winners against Paraguay in the shoot-out success, but warned them against losing focus in the Copa America.

Alisson was at his brilliant best to deny Gustavo Gomez’s opening spot-kick to help Brazil to a 4-3 victory on penalties after finishing goalless in Porto Alegre.

The Selecao were simply unable to break through a resilient Paraguay defence, who were reduced to 10-man when Fabian Balbuena was dismissed for a challenge on Roberto Firmino in the second-half.

Nonetheless, Brazil held their nerve to book a semi-final spot against either Argentina or Venezuela depending on the outcome of their respective tie on Friday.

“My team-mates did their part, which was the most important part,” said Alisson, according to Yahoo.

“We were very confident. The team deserved to win today. The result was a draw, but only one team wanted to play.

“Now we have to keep working, because one step is done and we have another ahead to our achieve our main objective, which is to be champions.”

Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus made amends for his miss against Peru last time out by firing in the winning spot-kick for Brazil.

“I was confident. I hit it my own way and managed to score,” Jesus said.

“In the previous game, I got upset because I did not hit it my way. I think it was a little anxiety.

“I live to play football, to score goals and in the moment the anxiety disturbed me. Today, I hit it my way, calm, cold.

“I saw the goalkeeper moving to the left and just chipped it the other side.”

Brazil’s semi-final tie against either Argentina or Venezuela will take place in Belo Horizonte on July 2.

PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL – JUNE 27: Gabriel Jesus of Brazil takes a penalty kick during the shootout after Copa America Brazil 2019 quarterfinal match between Brazil and Paraguay at Arena do Gremio on June 27, 2019 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)