Casemiro, the great hero of Brazil

Luis Díaz scored a Chilean goal at 10 'but the canarinha turned the score around with a great reaction in the second half with the right to arbitration controversy.

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With a masterful defensive performance and a great goal from Luis Díaz, Colombia came very close to surprising Brazil in Rio de Janeiro. But the Brazil of Tite and Neymar has this competitive gene of those who do not give up. That he fights to the end and, when he falls, he falls on his feet. This Thursday Colombia had the advantage until minute 78. But a referee confusion followed by a failure by Ospina and a goal in the last minute of the addition ended the Colombian hope of finishing the group stage of the Copa América with a victory against the hosts and current champions.

If Tite saw this Copa América as a great laboratory, this match has perhaps been the most necessary test for his team. A difficult victory for a Brazil that has been in absolute dominance for almost two years against its South American rivals. Against an opponent who found a goal early, who played hard, without fear and fought until the end. Brazil found itself against the ropes, at a disadvantage, and knew how to come out of the hole with momentum and courage.

Brazil thus continues its devastating streak that has already chained ten consecutive victories. Although Colombia managed to end the six-game series without conceding goals from the Canarinha. It was then at the beginning of the first half, at 10 minutes, when Cuadrado started on the right and crossed to the far post. Luis Díaz beat Danilo's back and conceded a spectacular Chilean to the Weverton goal squad.It was then that Colombia closed in on defense with the knife between its teeth and a gala performance by Yerri Mina and Davinson Sánchez, which annulled Neymar and forced Brazil to have to look for alternatives to its great star, who was always surrounded by two or three Colombian defenders. They stopped him by hook or by crook. With faults, many faults. Some with violence and abruptness.

Brazil dominated the match with almost 70% possession, but hardly created clear scoring opportunities in the first half. Richarlison and Everton Ribeiro were unable to break through the Colombian barrier and left Neymar completely alone in his almost desperate attempt to get closer to the rival goal.

Seeing his star abandoned among Colombian defenders, Tite returned to the second half with Firmino for Everton Ribeiro in the midfielder and the change took effect. Brazil came closer and closer to the Colombian area and, after the entrances of Paquetá and Lodi, the siege became more constant and dangerous. Neymar hit the post in an individual play shortly before Firmino scored the tying goal after a controversial referee.

Brasil tried to attack in the middle but the ball collided with referee Nestor Pitana almost in the front of the area. The Argentine came to take the whistle to his mouth to stop the play, but, seeing that the ball returned to the Brazilians, he pointed out the law of advantage and, immediately, Lodi crossed perfectly for Firmino to finish off with his head in the hands of Ospina , which failed when trying to stop it.

The Colombian players surrounded the referee complaining that the play should have been stopped. Inexplicably, Pitana appeared to be asking the VAR for help and the game was paralyzed for more than ten minutes. In the end, the goal was validated and the match resumed.

Brazil continued their siege and domination and in the end their effort was rewarded. In 99 ', Neymar threw a corner into the small area where Casemiro, free of marking, finished off with a header. Comeback and party of the Brazilians, who celebrated the victory a lot.



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