Brazil beat Peru to win Copa America. Gabriel Jesus scored and assisted on goals before being sent off in Brazil's 3-1 win over Peru in the Copa America final on Sunday in Rio de Janeiro. Brazil won a first Copa America title in 12 years.
‘In the last game I was quiet and I was very disappointed with myself,’ said Man of the Match Everton. ‘I got it in my head that I had to give everything, independent of scoring. I had to sweat blood for my team mates. Our team deserves congratulations for a great game.’
Peru, who last won the tournament in 1975, got an equaliser a minute before halftime when Paolo Guerrero scored from the penalty spot after Thiago Silva handled the ball.
Brazil`s Richarlison in action with Peru`s Luis Advincula - Copa America Brazil 2019 - Final - Brazil v Peru - Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - July 7, 2019. REUTERSThe goal was the first Brazil had conceded in six games at the Copa America but it did not shake their confidence and they retook the lead moments later after a well-worked move from midfield.
Roberto Firmino showed some nice skill on the right touchline before giving the ball to Arthur. The midfielder strode forward and fed Jesus, who coolly slotted the ball past a helpless Pedro Gallese.
Peru pushed forward in the second half and were thrown a lifeline with 20 minutes remaining when Jesus was sent off.
He had been felled by Carlos Zambrano a few minutes earlier and when Jesus dealt out his revenge he was immediately shown a second yellow to follow a first half caution for a bad tackle.
Jesus said. ‘I could have avoided it and I also need to grow up a lot.’
But Brazil, playing in front of a 70,000 crowd in Rio de Janeiro, had the final say when substitute Richarlison made it 3-1 with a penalty in the final minute.
It was Brazil's first major title since they won the Copa America in 2007 and the first for coach Tite, who took charge three years ago.
They also did it without Neymar, who was injured on the eve of the tournament.
Peru coach Ricardo Gareca recognised Brazil were the superior side but said his team, who played at their first World Cup in 36 years in 2018, were competitive throughout.
he said. ‘We had our momentum but the second goal. We came here hoping to win but they were very effective,’ he added.
‘But looking beyond the pain of the defeat, I think we are on the right path, that is the feeling that I have.’