SANTIAGO, Chile -- Playing without suspended star Neymar, Brazil defeated Venezuela 2-1 Sunday in its final group game to reach the Copa America quarterfinals.
Thiago Silva scored with a volley in the 9th minute off a perfect delivery from a corner by Neymar's replacement Robinho. Roberto Firmino added the second in the 52nd, hammering home a cross from Willian.
The loss in Group C eliminated Venezuela, which got an 84th-minute goal from Miku.
The final match in qualifying set up the quarterfinal...
Peru beat 10-man Venezuela 1-0 in Valparaiso to throw Copa America Group C wide open.
Claudio Pizarro's 72nd-minute goal means all four teams in the group -- Brazil and Colombia are the others -- have three points with Sunday's final round of fixtures to play.
Peru deserved Thursday's success, with Venezuela paying the price for the dismissal of Fernando Amorebieta just before the half-hour mark.
The first half at the Estadio Elias Figueroa Brander was a tight affair, with only two decent goalscoring...