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Brazil obtained their second consecutive U-20 South American Championship, and their tenth overall after Uruguay and Paraguay drew 2-2 on Friday.

In the earlier game, Brazil defeated Colombia 2-1 with second half goals from Walter and Douglas Costa. It was Brazil's fourth consecutive victory in the hexagonal stage of the competition.

Brazil, with a maximum of 12 points, cannot be caught by any other side. They are followed by Uruguay (7 points), Paraguay (5 points), Colombia and Venezuela (both 3 points), and Argentina (1 point).

Uruguay, who defeated Brazil 3-2 in the first phase, but lost by an identical scoreline in the hexagonal stage, needed a victory over Paraguay in order to remain in the title hunt, with just one round to play.

They got off to a great start when Jonathan Urretaviscaya put them ahead in the 13th minute when he met a rebound with a powerful finish.

But Paraguay hit back two minutes later through Aldo Paniagua, who took advantage of a lapse of concentration from the Uruguay defence.

The goal severely affected the Uruguayans, and it was Paraguay who took command of the match.

Paraguay, who fell to a 4-2 defeat to Uruguay in the group phase, went ahead in the 33rd minute when Paniagua pushed the ball across the line from close range, despite the efforts of the Uruguay defence to clear the ball.

After the break Uruguay returned to their best, and they created several clear-cut opportunities to draw level.

They looked extremely dangerous each time they moved forward, particularly through substitutes Abel Hernandez and Santiago Garcia.

After inflicting intense pressure on the Paraguay goal, Uruguay finally equalised in the 74th minute when Hernandez fired the ball home from long range.

The Uruguayans pushed for a late winner, with goal-bound efforts from Facundo Piriz and Hernandez, but they couldn't break through the resilient Paraguay defense for a third time.

Despite their greatest efforts, Uruguay had to settle for a 2-2 draw, a result that handed the U-20 South American Championship to Brazil for the second consecutive year.

In the final game of the round, Argentina needed an injury-time strike to force a 1-1 draw with Venezuela. The result means both teams are still alive in the competition with one round to play.

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