Brazil eliminates Peru 1-0 and goes to the final

Neymar fights a ball in Brazil - Peru.

Neymar fights a ball in Brazil – Peru.
Andre Coelho

The Brazilian soccer team beat Peru 1-0 on Monday in Rio de Janeiro in one of the semifinals of the America Cup and he qualified for the definition of the tournament in which he will defend the title obtained in 2019 also playing at home. The only goal of the game that faced the finalists of the previous edition of the oldest national team tournament in the world at the Nilton Santos stadium in Rio was scored by the creative Lucas Paquetá in the first half. In the final next Saturday at the legendary Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil will wait for the winner of the other semifinal, which will be played on Tuesday by Argentina and Colombia at the Mané Garrincha stadium, in the capital Brasilia.

This Monday, the hosts did not have the attacker Gabriel Jesús, suspended, and who was relieved by Éverton Cebolinha, while the other variant was the confirmation as the starter of Lucas Paquetá instead of Roberto Firmino. From the beginning, Canarinha imposed conditions and Neymar was the first to bring danger to the goal defended by Pedro Gallese at 7 minutes. Then it was Lucas Paquetá, Casemiro, Richarlison and Éverton Cebolinha who insisted on the Peruvian defense. So much was the jug to the fountain that it broke at 34 minutes, in a play started by Richarlison, masterfully continued in speed and dribbling by Neymar, with ‘tunnel’ over Alexander Callens included, and finished calmly by Lucas Paquetá.

Before the end of the first half, which was completely dominated by Brazil, once again Lucas Paquetá and Atlético de Madrid side Renán Lodi were about to extend the lead.

In the second half the coach Peruvian, Argentine Ricardo Gareca, made some changes that did not give him the expected result, despite the insistence of the striker Gianluca Lapadula, the most incisive and dangerous of the Inca attack. In the last minute of play Lucas Paquetá was injured, a player who has achieved prominence with La Canarinha in this edition of the Copa América.


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