Brazil win Copa America
Sports Live: Ten-man Brazil held on to win the Copa America on home soil despite Gabriel Jesus’s dismissal with a 3-1 victory over Peru on Sunday. 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 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.
“It’s really special because we built something together,” enthused captain Dani Alves. 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.
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.
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.
Dhaka 8 July (campuslive24.com)//MIH