Brazil on Sunday evening won the Copa America with a 3-1 defeat of Peru on its home soil. The hosts opened the scoring in the 15th minute after Gabriel Jesus slipped past two defenders and crossed the ball for Everton to finish first time past Peru keeper Pedro Gallese.
The two teams deposited a goals each right before half-time with Paolo Guerrero converting a spot kick for Peru after Thiago Silva was whistled for handball and Jesus coolly finishing from the top of the penalty area to restore Brazil’s lead at 2-1 before the break.
He was later controversially sent off in the 70th minute for a foul on Carlos Zambrano with the Man City striker being shown his second yellow card and leaving Brazil to finish the match with 10 players.
Despite being down a man, Brazil were still able to force the issue on the field and goalscorer Everton drew a penalty, which substitute Richarlison converted to give Brazil their ninth Copa America title and first major trophy since 2007.
Commenting on the game, Peru coach Ricardo Gareca recognized Brazil were the superior side but said his team, who played at their first World Cup in 36 years in 2018, were competitive throughout.
“It was fair that Brazil won,” he said. “We had our momentum but the second goal…