Brazil beat Peru 3-1 in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday, July 7th to win the Copa America title for the first time in 12 years. Gabriel Jesus scored before being sent off with 20 minutes remaining in a game of mixed emotions for the Manchester City striker. A late penalty from Richarlison sealed the victory late in the game for the Brazilians.
After a cagey start Brazil took the lead just 14 minutes into the game. Jesus’s cross to the back-post was volleyed into the back of the net by Everton Soares to put the tournament hosts ahead. Philippe Coutinho came close to doubling the lead just before the half hour mark but saw his effort fly inches past the post.
Peru were given a penalty just before half-time as Thiago Silva was judged to have handled the ball in the box. Paolo Guerrero stepped up and struck the penalty into the bottom right corner to bring the game level.
Brazil retook the lead with almost the last kick of the first-half. Arthur drove at the Peru midfield before slipping the ball through to Jesus who slotted it into the back of the net.
The Brazilians continued to dominate in the second-half as both Coutinho and Roberto Firmino went close. The momentum was derailed after Jesus was sent off for a second bookable offence after a challenge on Carlos Zambrano in the 69th minute.
Despite playing against 10-men Peru were finding it difficult to break through the hosts defence during the last 20 minutes. Instead it was Brazil who extended their lead as they were given a penalty in the 90th minute after Zambrano brought down Everton in the box. Richarlison stepped up and fired the penalty into the bottom left corner as Brazil won the Copa America for the ninth time.