COPA AMERICA 2019: Brazil Wins Ninth Continental Title

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 07: Dani Alves of Brazil lifts the trophy following the Copa America Brazil 2019 Final match between Brazil and Peru at Maracana Stadium on July 07, 2019 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)

Brazil survived a Gabriel Jesus’ second-half red card to end their 12-year wait for a trophy with a 3-1 victory over Peru in the Copa America final.

Jesus was the first-half hero at the Maracana, setting up Everton’s opener on 15 minutes before restoring Brazil’s lead on the stroke of half-time after Paolo Guerrero drew Peru level from the penalty spot.

But the Manchester City striker soon turned to the villain of the piece as his clumsy second bookable offence handed Peru the initiative with 20 minutes to play.

 

Five years on from their World Cup semi-final humiliation on home soil another upset looked on the cards, substitute Richarlison’s late penalty sealed a ninth Copa America for Brazil, their first since 2007 which banished the demons of that 7-1 defeat to Germany in the process.

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