Thiago Silva reveals handball regret

Brazil defender Thiago Silva has expressed his regret at giving away the penalty that handed Paraguay an equaliser in their Copa America quarter-final defeat on Saturday.

The Selecao were leading 1-0 before the PSG centre-back handled the ball in the 72nd minute as he and Dani Alves both attempted to head the ball clear.

Derlis Gonzalez converted the resulting penalty, before Paraguay went on to win 4-3 on penalties.

“I didn’t even know the ball had hit my hand,” said Thiago Silva. “I only saw what had happened when I saw videos later at the hotel.

“That is why my face was one of such astonishment, I did not understand what the referee had seen. The referee didn’t even know if it was my hand or Dani’s.”

Having arrived in Chile on the back of 10 consecutive Chevrolet Brasil Global Tour victories, the Selecao struggled to reproduce their fine post-World Cup form at the Copa America.

Dunga’s men won just two of their four games and Thiago Silva says the team must work hard to improve ahead of the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

“Of course we have to try to play a little more,” he said. “In the second half against Paraguay the truth is we hardly saw the colour of the ball.”