Brazil is already in the final

Undefeated and finalist. Tite's Brazil continues to do its thing and now awaits the winner of Argentina-Colombia in the other semifinal. Neymar shone again and Paquetá, to score.

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Brazil beat Peru in the first semifinal of the Copa América and now awaits its rival in the very final, which will come out of the duel between Argentina and Colombia this Tuesday night. The canarinha made a great first half where she could score two or three more goals, not for the very inspired night of the Peruvian goalkeeper, Pedro Gallese, who had a gala performance and helped keep his team in the game until the last minute. The winning goal came after a play by Neymar's genius inside the area in the 35th minute. The PSG star dribbled past three defenders, hitting one of them, and crossed perfectly for Paquetá to finish off powerful, to empty goal. Gareca made two changes at half-time, changed the system with three centrals and a line of five defenders and started attacking more in the second half. But Brazil had the calm and experience necessary to slow down the rival's momentum and manage the advantage, despite a couple of scares. The green and amarela thus reaches the final of the tournament undefeated, with five victories and a draw.

Without Gabriel Jesus, sanctioned for the direct red in the quarterfinals against Chile, Tite chose to line up Neymar as a center forward, with Richarlison and Éverton Cebolinha as wingers and Lucas Paquetá as the organizing midfielder. The 23-year-old young Lyon midfielder put in a great performance again, scoring the winning goal for the second game in a row and winning more and more tickets to start the Tite team.

In front of a Peru that entered with an ultra-defensive system, Brazil went on the attack from the first minute. And Gallese had a lot of work to save his goal against the Canarian siege. First it was with Neymar, who at 8 minutes received a low center from Paquetá from the right and finished off between two centrals, touching the Peruvian left post. Casemiro warned again on 12 ', with a Roberto Carlos-style torpedo from a free kick from about 30 meters. Gallese rejected a corner with a providential intervention.

But it was in the 18th minute that the Peruvian goalkeeper had his great moment in the night, when he worked the miracle with two consecutive saves that avoided the first Brazilian goal. In a speed play, Paquetá received a nice pass from Casemiro on the edge of the area and crossed low for Neymar who, almost in the small area, released a rocket that the Peruvian goalkeeper managed to stop in a play of pure reflex, like a goalkeeper handball. In the rebound, Richarlison came in free to score and Gallese did magic again and saved a goal that seemed impossible to stop. Gallese taught in Rio de Janeiro because they call him 'El Pulpo' in his country.

But in the 34th minute, Neymar's genius spoke louder. Richarlison launched the Brazilian star deep into the area, got rid of three defenders with a single touch, making a pipe to one of them, and crossed low for Paquetá to score.

Peru awakens in the second half

Gareca returned to the second half with two changes and a totally different approach to the match, which almost had a result. Lapadula had a golden opportunity in 48 '. In a match against Peru, the striker received a long pass to the back of Thiago Silva and, inside the area, he finished powerfully. Ederson leapt like a cat to reject what was close to being the tying goal. Peru continued to press and Raziel García tried a shot from the edge of the area that once again brought a lot of danger for Everton, who made a good save.

Brazil seemed satisfied with the result and went on to touch the ball without much urgency, letting the clock tick. A risky proposition when winning by the minimum. So much so that, in the 81st minute, the Manchester City goalkeeper almost got complicated when he tried to reject a cross from the left and lost the ball's time. Jhilmar Lora, almost in the small area, went ahead of the goalkeeper, finished with a header and the ball passed the Brazilian left post.

The play served to wake up the Brazilians a bit, who woke up, mainly in the last five minutes, after the entry of Vinicius Jr. The Real Madrid forward made a couple of starts and combinations with Neymar that brought danger to the Peruvian area. But there was no time for more.

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