A BRILLIANT assist by Neymar led Brazil to their second consecutive Copa America Final after a 1-0 victory over Peru at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
The Paris Saint-Germain superstar dribbled past three defenders down the left before setting up Lucas Paqueta, who scored the winner for the second time in a row after his heroics against Paraguay in the quarter-finals.
Neymar scooped the man-of-the-match award after his stunning assist in Brazil’s Copa America semi-final against Peru[/caption]
Tite’s men dominated in the first-half as they missed some unbelievable chances to score more goals.
It all started just after eight minutes when Paqueta delivered a beautiful through ball and found Richarlison inside the penalty area.
Gallese enjoyed a brilliant first-half that saw him making an unbelievable triple save on 19 minutes.
The Blanquirroja captain denied a long-range shot by Casemiro as well as two efforts from Neymar and a close range Richarlison strike.
But the Orlando City shot-stopper couldn’t maintain a clean sheet as Neymar dribbled past Alexander Callens, Christian Ramos AND Aldo Corzo before setting up Paqueta in the penalty area just 10 minutes before half-time.
Peru came back stronger in the second-half when manager Ricardo Gareca introduced Raziel Garcia and Marcos Lopez.
Gianluca Lapadula recorded the Blanquirroja’s first shot on target with a powerful left-footed effort that forced a difficult save from Ederson after 50 minutes.
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Peru’s biggest chance, though, came on 82 minutes when Callens’ header from a free-kick almost hit Ederson’s bottom left corner.
Brazil are now set to compete in the final this Sunday at the historic Maracana Stadium against the winner of the other semi-final encounter between Argentina and Colombia.
The two nations face off in the early hours of Wednesday and the loser will take on Peru in the third-place play-off on Saturday.
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