Brazil Win Their Ninth Copa America!

Brazil took on Peru at the weekend at the Maracanã Stadium in the final of the Copa America. The host nation was searching for their ninth Copa America trophy. Peru, on the other hand, had won the competition twice, the most recent in 1975.

The competition this year was held in Brazil. 12 teams took part in it with Qatar and Japan being invited into the competition.

Brazil beat Argentina and Paraguay in the knockout stages along the way. Peru had the more difficult route in terms of how the opposition compared to them. They beat Uruguay and Chile.

Brazil vs Peru

Peru started off the better of the two teams, creating some good chances but not taking full advantage of them. Brazil though grew into the game and took the lead in the 14th minute. A fantastic bit of skill from Gabriel Jesus saw him get away from two Peru defenders. He played in the ball to the back post for the oncoming Everton. The young winger hit it first time in the left of the goal and gave Brazil the lead.

Peru was going to need to be at their very best to turn this around. They were playing against a Brazil side that hadn’t conceded once all tournament. They kept coming but Brazil remained solid at the back. One mistake they did make was through Jesus, the striker mistimed a tackle earning himself a yellow card.

On the 41st minute though, Peru got the chance they were looking for. Tiago Silva handballing in the box giving a penalty. Up stepped Guerrero who slotted the ball into the bottom right corner and got his country level. Peru needed to hold on until the break but in the third minute of injury time, Jesus restored Brazils lead. Good linkup play with Firmino saw him through on goal to put the ball in the bottom left corner and Brazil 2-1 at the break.

Brazil kept pushing for a third goal in the second half but their efforts came to a halt in the 70th minute. Jesus was late jumping for a header and earnt himself another yellow card. This resulted in him being sent off. Jesus didn’t take it well, he pushed over the VAR monitor and then was seen crying in the tunnel.

Brazil heald on and then were awarded their own penalty in the 87th minute. Everton was fouled off the ball and up stepped Richarlison. He put the penalty in the bottom left corner and won his country their ninth Copa America.

Brazilian record breakers

This was a good win for Brazil and in particular Dani Alves and Alisson. The Liverpool goalkeeper won his third golden glove of the season. This is the first time ever a keeper has held three separate golden glove trophies in the same season. He is also the only keeper ever to win the Copa America and not concede a goal from open play. As a result, Alisson was named the goalkeeper of the tournament, unsurprisingly.

Dani Alves has become the first player ever to win 40 trophies in their career. He got named the player of the tournament after captaining Brazil to victory. He definitely isn’t playing like a 36-year-old and its a big surprise he is now a free agent!

Brazil looked to be in very good form in this competition with some good young players. It may be three years away but you can’t help but think they will be a very strong side at the 2022 World Cup. They are priced at 5/1 on Paddy Power and are the favourites. The weather is going to play a big part in that tournament, one that Brazilian players will already be used to!

Paddy Power also has odds on the Balon d’Or. Alisson has had a fantastic debut season at Liverpool. He helped them finish second with 97 points, won the Champions League and the Copa America. He couldn’t have done any more as a goalkeeper and is priced at 14/1 to pick up the award.