RIO DE JENERIO, July 19 (Agencies): Brazil�s media were scathing on Monday after the national team were unceremoniously dumped from the Copa America by Paraguay in a quarterfinal penalty shoot-out.
The Paraguayans were on the rack for much of the match but the Brazilians, the holders of the trophy, wasted several chances and then missed all four of their spot-kicks as their rivals advanced 2-0 to a semi-final with Venezuela.
�Historic incompetence,� was the verdict of national daily O Globo, which saw the five-time world champions eliminated �in embarrassing fashion�.
O Globo noted the match had taken place on the anniversary of Brazil�s 1994 World Cup success over Italy, which likewise came in a shoot-out following a goalless draw.
Correio Braziliense was no less forgiving.
�What incompetence!� was the glaring headline in the paper, which added that the manner of the exit �places a question mark over the work of coach Mano Menezes and over his remaining in the job until the 2014 World Cup�.
Menezes, who took over from Dunga after a quarter-final exit to Holland at last summer�s World Cup, said all along that the 2014 event, which Brazil will host for the first time since 1950, is the overriding priority � but that could not mask current shortcomings in the media�s eyes.
Correio Braziliense said that Menezes� insistence that the poor state of the pitch had played a major role in their exit was farcical.
�After the Brazilians� disastrous showing, they tried to shift the blame and were unanimous in pinning it on the pitch,� the paper wrote.
Jornal de Brasilia summed things up by saying: �Brazil did not manage to score a goal in normal time, nor in extra-time, and, worse still, not even in the penalty shoot-out.�
The same paper published a picture of young starlet Neymar covering his face at the end, accompanied by the caption: �They cannot hide their shame. It seems like a joke in poor taste � but it isn�t.
�Brazil achieved the unthinkable � they were given four penalties and missed the lot.�