Published: Mon, July 08, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Peru upset champions Chile for place in final

Peru upset champions Chile for place in final

Peru have already met Brazil in this Copa America and they lost 5-0 against the host nation in the group stages, so Gareca was asked if that previous result would have an impact in this upcoming fixture.

Brazil strikes a stunning performance against Argentina, beats them with a score of 2-0 to secure a place in the finals. Going its way they did and despite winning just one game, Los Incas qualified for the quarterfinals as the best of the third-ranked teams.

Peru had not won this tournament since 1975 and they bounced back quickly with an equaliser a minute before half-time when Paolo Guerrero scored from the penalty spot after Thiago Silva was adjudged to have handled the ball.

But before we go into the specifics, let us take a look at the story of the 2019 Copa America so far.

Gabriel Jesus raged after being sent off in the Copa America final win over Peru and burst into tears on the steps of the Maracana. Brazil had thrashed Peru 5-0 in a group A game. A lot of people doubt us but we have a lot of faith in ourselves, in our plan, in our hard work.

Peru's Victor Yotun, right, celebrates scoring his side's second goal with teammate Paolo Guerrero during a Copa America semifinal soccer match against Chile at the Arena do Gremio in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Wednesday, July 3, 2019.

Chile coach Reinaldo Rueda was at a loss to explain his team's performance, which was in stark contrast to their impressive showing last time out against Colombia in the quarter-final. "The game against Brazil was tough but this will be a different match".

The second was a contender for goal-of-the-tournament as Chile goalkeeper Gabriel Arias left his lines to track down Carillo on the left flank.

- Brazil superstar Neymar missed this year's Copa America due to an ankle injury.

The goal Jesus scored against Argentina was his first in an official match for Brazil since October 2017, in the 3-0 win against Chile in São Paulo in World Cup qualifying.

- Brazil has won five FIFA World Cups (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002), one Olympic gold medal (2016) and eight Copa America titles (third most).

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