In Jesus Name! Ten-Man Brazil Seal Ninth Copa America Success

Jul 08 - by AFP for SportPesa News

Manchester City forward scores, assists and gets sent off in 3-1 victory over Peru sealed by a late strike by Everton striker, Richarlison

Brazil's Richarlison (C) celebrates after scoring against Peru during the Copa America football tournament final match at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 7, 2019. PHOTO/AFP

  • Gremio sensation Everton Soares opened the scoring before Jesus stepped into the centre stage, firing Brazil back to a 2-1 lead at half time after a Paulo Guerrero penalty had hauled Peru back into the game. The City striker was then sent off in the 70th but the 10-man Selacao confirmed victory when Richarlison struck in the 90th
  • A last minute penalty from substitute Richarlison sealed a win for Brazil which handed the South American giants their ninth Copa triumph and first since 2007.
  • But the dynamic changed 20 minutes from time as Jesus was given his marching orders for a second yellow card after a late challenge on Cueva

RIO-DE-JANEIRO, Brazil- Brazil's Manchester City FC forward Gabriel Jesus scored, provided an assist before being sent off late as Everton FC striker Richarlison rounded off a 3-1 victory over Peru in the 2019 Copa America final on Sunday night where the host nation clinched a record extending ninth continental title.

Gremio sensation Everton Soares opened the scoring before Jesus stepped into the centre stage, firing Brazil back to a 2-1 lead at half time after a Paulo Guerrero penalty had hauled Peru back into the game. The City striker was then sent off in the 70th but the 10-man Selacao confirmed victory when Richarlison struck in the 90th.

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Jesus scored the decisive goal after a penalty from Peru captain Paolo Guerrero canceled out Everton's opener for hosts Brazil at Rio de Janeiro's iconic Maracana stadium.

A last minute penalty from substitute Richarlison sealed a win for Brazil which handed the South American giants their ninth Copa triumph and first since 2007.

Jesus's evening went sour 20 minutes from time as he was sent off for a second booking.

The Manchester City striker was in tears as he left the field, making obscene hand gestures, angrily kicking a water bottle and almost knocking over the trophy plinth.

Brazil's players rallied after the dismissal however to claim a battling victory.

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Earlier, after a minute's silence was held for bossa nova legend Joao Gilberto -- who died on Saturday -- underdogs Peru made a confident start and didn't appear overawed by either their opponents or the occasion.

But it quickly became apparent that they were up against more accomplished players.

Dominating possession

Peru coach Ricardo Gareca had said on Saturday they needed to prevent Brazil from dominating possession, but that was easier said than done.

Brazil started to stroke the ball around commandingly, and as they did that, they looked dangerous.

Their opening goal came from a piece of individual brilliance by Jesus, whose drag back fooled two defenders, creating space for him to cross for the unmarked Everton to drill home at the back post on the quarter hour.

Brazil were in control and playing like champions elect as Roberto Firmino found space on the left and crossed for Philippe Coutinho to stab wide.

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Left-winger Everton was clever with his movement in dragging the athletic right-back Luis Advincula out of position and Brazil's left-back Alex Sandro found acres of space to put in a deep cross that Firmino headed over.

Just as it looked as if Brazil would stroll to victory, Peru went on the attack and a Christian Cueva cross hit the arm of a sliding Thiago Silva, giving Peru a penalty that was confirmed after a VAR review.

Guerrero sent goalkeeper Alisson the wrong way from 12 yards and Peru were back in it just before half-time.

But they paid for their lack of guile and experience with almost the last kick of the half as Arthur was allowed to drive at the defence from midfield following a slip from Renato Tapia that left him space to attack.

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Center-back Carlos Zambano also slipped, allowing Arthur to feed Jesus in the middle of the area and the Manchester City striker made no mistake, finding the bottom corner.

Brazil had a few speculative shots at the start of the second half but Silva, Dani Alves and Coutinho all failed to hit the target.

Wing trickery

After some wing trickery from Everton, Alex Sandro crossed but Firmino headed wide.

Brazil were in complete control at this stage as Peru could hardly string two passes together.

But the dynamic changed 20 minutes from time as Jesus was given his marching orders for a second yellow card after a late challenge on Cueva.

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The onus was now on Peru to attack and Miguel Trauco brought a near post save out of Alisson while Edison Flores fizzed a volley from outside the area just wide.

But amidst a flurry of substitutions, fouls and injury stoppages, the steam went out of Peru's efforts and they were unable to exert any sustained pressure on the hosts.

Any hopes they had were extinguished when Zambrano was adjudged to have barged over Everton in the penalty area and substitute Richarlison drilled home the spot-kick into the bottom corner.