Paraguay's Miguel Benitez misfired on a crucial penalty kick in the tiebreaker shootout, giving Uruguay a victory in a quarterfinal game today in the Copa America tournament.

Uruguay won the shootout, 5-3, after the teams finished regulation tied at 1.

In the other quarterfinal today, Mexico eliminated Peru in another game settled by penalty kicks. Mexico had a 5-4 advantage after the teams tied at 3 in regulation.

Paraguay got by the host team when Benitez fired a shot that goalie Hector Cabrini managed to tip with his glove.

The ball hit the post and bounced away, and Uruguay converted its final shot to eliminate the tournament's hosts.

"I'm hurting," Benitez said. "A lot of people trusted in me and I failed them. I beg their forgiveness."

Benitez scored in the 15th minute and Uruguay tied it in the 64th. Uruguay, which has won the tournament 14 times, decided this year to send only a junior team in need of international seasoning.

The country's top stars didn't come, and even the coach, former Argentine star Daniel Passarella, stayed home.

Uruguay advances to the semifinal against the winner of Sunday's Colombia-Chile game.

MLS Roundup

Henry Gutierrez set up one goal and scored another on a penalty kick as the Miami Fusion won back-to-back games for only the second time this year by beating the Columbus Crew, 2-0, last night in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Diego Serna scored in the 31st minute and Gutierrez converted his penalty kick in the 85th minute as the Fusion (6-12) moved past Tampa Bay into fourth place in Major League Soccer's Eastern Conference. Columbus (11-7) lost its second straight game and was shut out for the fourth time this season.

Gutierrez set a Fusion record with an assist in his fourth consecutive game, setting up Serna's 10th goal of the season.

BURN 5, WIZARDS 0: Dallas scored four times in the final 10 minutes to start the rout at the Cotton Bowl.

Jason Kreis, leading the league with 36 points, had two goals and two assists. Paul Broome and Chad Deering each had a goal and an assist, and Ted Eck added a goal.

The Burn's scoring outburst was the second-quickest in league history. The Los Angeles Galaxy scored four times in six minutes on June 4, 1998 in an 8-1 victory over the Burn.

The Burn (10-9) remains tied with the Chicago Fire in the Western Conference race.

FIRE 2, METROSTARS 0: Jesse Marsch and Peter Nowak each scored for Chicago at Soldier Field.

It was the Fire's third straight win and first ever over the MetroStars (5-12), who were 2-0 against Chicago (10-7) last season. The win keeps the Fire tied with Dallas for second place in the Western Conference.

Newcomer Mohammad Khakpour, a defenseman from Iran, played all 90 minutes for the MetroStars.