Lucas Paqueta Qualify For The Copa America Final
Star forward Neymar set up Lucas Pakueta with a lone goal as hosts Brazil beat Peru 1-0 on Monday to qualify for the Copa America final. Two years ago, when the semifinals were a repeat of the final, a Brazilian team also won at home around the injured Neymar. Selecao will play Lionel Messi in Argentina or Colombia in Brazil on Wednesday, in the final at the iconic Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday. I want Argentina. “I support Argentina because I have friends there and Brazil will win the final,” Neymar said. The old match winner, who played his club football for Lyon in France.
He has just had a great season with his club and he is showing that he can be a very important player for the Brazilian national team. Brazil dominated the first half at the empty Nilton Santos Stadium in Rio, but had to survive a somewhat nervous moment after a break before getting a place in the final. In the eighth minute, they opened the scoring for Peru, when Paqueta’s pass sent Richardson to the back of the defense, but after beating goalkeeper Pedro Gallis to the ball, the forward tried to pull it back to Neymar, which burned high and wide under pressure. Gallese spilled the deadly Casimiro free-kick from a distance, but winger Everton gathered a loose ball before returning to the rebound. Brazil turned the screw and Everton cut the right but shot straight into the galaxy. The Peruvian shot-stopper saved the busiest player on the pitch in the first quarter and another Casimiro piledriver from a distance after he saved an incredible double point gap from Neymar and then Richardson.
And when Gallese was left with a blood shortage in his head and Richardson’s hand flew out of his territory just to be beaten, the Peruvian defenders threw themselves in front of Everton’s shot, Brazil failed to achieve it. Peru were non-defensive as an offensive force and when they were able to win at an angle half an hour later, they ended up playing ball all the way to Gallese. Brazil took the lead 10 minutes before the Peruvian ball in the midfield delivered the ball for the fifth time in midfield. Neymar’s glowing toes freed him from three defenders in the box and prompted Pachita to fire home from 12 yards out. Perek finally tried to score the first goal in the counter-attack four minutes after halftime, but goalkeeper Ederson comfortably let go of Gianluca Lapadulla’s strong drive.
Peru were now top with Garcia at the center of their attack and Anterson put his shot aside in the hour mark. Brazil started wrestling with back control and Everton fired straight into the galley before Neymar fired a good fire over the bar. Peru should have been nine minutes from the time when Yoshimara fired a free-kick into the Eaton box and beat Alexander Kalens Ederson to the ball, but only six yards wide. This would prove their last chance and coach Ricardo Gareca started them at a slower pace. We paid to slow down to settle down in the game. Brazil handed over to Peru early in the tournament and their 4-2 home defeat in the World Cup qualifiers in October affected their approach. We have to admit that we have to admit a lot that we wanted to protect something. Goal against Brazil.