Copa America: Ecuador and Japan eliminated after draw

Ecuador's Angel Mena, left, celebrates scoring his team's equalizer against Japan during a Copa America Group C soccer match at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Monday, June 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Ecuador and Japan have been eliminated from the Copa America after a 1-1 draw; Paraguay advances to quarterfinals

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil — Ecuador and Japan were eliminated from the Copa America after a 1-1 draw on Monday, giving Paraguay a spot in the quarterfinals of the South American competition.

Paraguay could only cheer after losing to Colombia in Group B on Sunday, but it got the result it needed to advance as one of the top two third-place finishers.

Uruguay won Group C after beating second-place Chile 1-0 in Rio de Janeiro on Monday. Uruguay ended with seven points, one more than the two-time defending champion Chile. Japan finished with two points and Ecuador with one.

The top two nations in each of the three groups advanced, along with the two best third-place finishers.

The quarterfinals will feature Brazil-Paraguay, Venezuela-Argentina, Colombia-Chile and Uruguay-Peru.

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