Copa America quarter-finals: Brazil beats Chile, Peru beats Paraguay on penalties in thriller | Football news
Posted On July 3, 2021
Brazil survived Gabriel Jesus’ loss to a red card to defeat Chile 1-0 in a thrilling Copa America game, while Peru edged Paraguay on penalties after a draw 3-3.
The host country will face Peru at the Nilton Santos Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on July 5 in the semi-finals.
The other quarter-finals will be played on Saturday, with Argentina taking on Ecuador and Uruguay against Colombia.
Friday’s tie between the last two Copa America champions was tighter than their form at the start of the match suggested.
Brazil were undefeated in 11 games and dominated Group B, while Chile finished only fourth in Group A and drew 1-1 in their last six matches.
After 45 tied and scoreless opening minutes, the game came to life seconds after the restart, when substitute Lucas Paqueta netted a brace with Neymar and then pushed Gary Medel back to shoot point blank.
However, the outlook changed less than two minutes later. Brazil were reduced to 10 men after Gabriel Jesus received a straight red for a horrific kung fu kick that knocked Eugenio Mena down.
Brazil aren’t used to being under pressure, especially at home, but Chile forced them back for much of the second half as they rushed forward to the looking for an equalizer.
Ben Brereton, the English-born forward who replaced Alexis Sanchez at halftime, hit the bar with a looped header and Ederson made at least two good saves.
But the Chileans, winners in 2015 and 2016, couldn’t score the goal and collapsed.
Peru beat up Paraguay 4-3 on penalties in the most exciting tournament game yet.
The game ended 3-3 after a fierce game that included red cards to key players from both teams and two goals from Italy’s Gianluca Lapadula for Peru.
The decisive moment came after Peruvian goalkeeper Pedro Gallese turned down Alberto Espinola in the shootout. Miguel Trauco then converted his kick to put the 2019 Copa America finalists back in the running.
Daniel Martinez and Braian Samudio also missed for Paraguay. Santiago Ormeo and Christian Cueva were pushed back by Paraguayan Antony Silva.
Paraguay opened the scoring in the 11th minute with Gustavo Gomez firing into an empty net from a corner kick.
Lapadula scored his first goal of the game in the 21st minute from close range with an assist from former Watford lender Andre Carrillo.
He added another in the 40th minute with a left flank cross shot after the Paraguayan defenders stopped to complain of a foul.
Peru looked certain to move forward after taking the lead and Paraguayan defender Gomez was sent off in added time for receiving a second yellow card.
But Paraguay started the second half well and still managed to put pressure on Peru. Junior Alonso equalized the score in the 54th minute after shooting the ball past Gallese from another corner.
Peruvian Yoshimar Yotun then frustrated their efforts with a goal from the edge of the box with 10 minutes remaining after the ball deflected on a Paraguayan defender – but more twists were to come.
Five minutes later, Peruvian striker Andre Carrillo also received his second yellow as the two teams went 10v10.
Paraguay, who are now throwing everything on Peru, snatched a point-blank goal from substitute Gabriel Avalos, who had only entered eight minutes before, to tie the game and send him on penalties.