Adriano scored twice and set up two more goals to lead Brazil into the semifinals of the Copa America with a 4-0 rout of Mexico last night in Piura, Peru.
Brazil -- which hadn't reached the final four of the South American tournament since winning in 1999 -- will play Uruguay, which beat Paraguay, 3-1, earlier yesterday in Tacna. The winner will face Argentina or Colombia for the championship. Brazil has won the title six times; Uruguay has won a record 14 titles.
Adriano, a player at Inter Milan and the tournament's leading scorer with five goals, scored on a left-footed shot from just outside the box in the 65th minute. In the 78th, he dribbled past goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez and easily found the net from inside the box.
Adriano also had a hat-trick against Costa Rica last week.
Midfielder Alex put Brazil ahead with a penalty kick in the 27th after Adriano was brought down inside the box by Sanchez. Alex waited until Sanchez fell to the right before easily sending his shot to the other side.
Ricardo Oliveira scored from about eight yards after a heel pass from Adriano, helping finish Brazil's first win over Mexico in six tries.
In the early game, Dario Silva scored two second-half goals to lead Uruguay to its 100th Copa win. He found the net in the 65th minute shortly after teammate Gustavo Varela was sent off. He added a goal in the 89th.
Defender Carlos Gamarra gave Paraguay a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute, slipping behind the defense to score on a header off Edgar Barreto's free kick.
But Gamarra opened the way for Uruguay to tie it in the 39th, tripping up forward Carlos Bueno in the penalty area. Bueno easily converted the penalty kick.
Iraq returned to a major competition for the first time since the U.S.-led invasion a year ago, losing to Uzbekistan, 1-0, despite a second-half surge in the Asian Cup opener for both teams in Chengdu, China.
Mirdjalal Kasimov scored the lone goal on a free kick in the 22nd minute that put Uzbekistan atop Group C.
In other games, Turkmenistan tied three-time champion Saudi Arabia, 2-2, and Indonesia beat Qatar, 2-1.
Iraq's appearance comes two weeks after Germany's Bernd Strange resigned as coach. Under new coach Adnan Hamd, the team was surprisingly sharp with its passing and showed little sign of fatigue despite hampered training at home.
"To be honest, I think we played hard and played a good game," Hamd said. "Although we lost, I think we still have a chance."
Kasimov bent a kick over the Iraqi wall and past goalkeeper Ahmed Jaber. Uzbekistan dominated the rest of the half before a crowd of about 2,000 at newly built Longquanyi Stadium. Iraq dominated the second half, getting its best chance from Razzaq Farhan, who moved the ball the length of the field.
Both teams finished with 10 men. Uzbekistan defender Alexey Nikolaev was ejected in the 83rd minute for a second yellow card and Mohammed Emad was sent off for Iraq with a red card in the 87th.