Brazil vs Peru: Lucas Paqueta fires Selecao to Copa America final in style
Defending champions Brazil are through to the final of this year’s Copa America championship following their 1-0 triumph over stubborn Peru at the Estadio Olimpico Nilton Santos.
Lucas Paqueta scored the only goal that separated both sides in the 35th minute after tapping in from
close range through a Neymar assist.
Coach Tite’s men started on a blistering note mounting so much pressure on their guests but Pedro Gallese
kept his cool – not allowing any of those efforts cross his goal line.
The 31-year-old made double saves in the 18th minute after the hosts came close to breaking the deadlock
in the game but the away team cleared the danger eventually.
But regardless of Peru’s defensive discipline, Neymar and his teammates continued to mount pressure
on their opposition, a decision that eventually paid off 10 minutes before halftime.
The Paris Saint Germain winger got a pass from the midfield and then made a run down the left flank waiting
for his colleagues to move into position before sending the ball into the centre of the 18-yard box.
And when he eventually did, Paqueta was already waiting and he just jabbed the ball into the net while
the goalkeeper was just recovering from his move to cover the win Neymar operated from.
Brazil await final opposition
Brazil will now be waiting for the winner between Argentina and Colombia in the final as they will hope to
retain the title they won two years ago on home soil.
By Taiyelolu A