Brazil is just one game away from a chance to claim its second straight Copa América title but will have to get past Peru in a rematch of the 2019 final.
Brazil won the 2019 final 3-1 behind goals from Everton, Gabriel Jesus and Richarlison in front of a full-capacity crowd in Rio de Janeiro. Monday’s semifinal in Rio will be played without spectators due to COVID-19.
One of those 2019 final goalscorers won’t be available as Gabriel Jesus was sent off early in the second half of Brazil’s 1-0 victory over Chile in the quarterfinals. Just two minutes after Paquetá’s goal, the Manchester City striker was sent off with a straight red card for a wild, high-flying tackle, but Brazil managed to hold onto the lead while playing the final 42 minutes down a man.
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Peru will also be down a top goalscorer with André Carrillo being sent off in La Blanquirroja’s quarterfinal win over Paraguay. Peru played to an entertaining 3-3 draw that featured goals from Gianluca Lapadula and Yoshimar Yotún before winning 4-3 on penalty kicks.
Brazil and Peru come into the semis as familiar opponents, having played two weeks ago in the group stage. Brazil dominated with a 4-0 win that included three second-half goals in Peru’s first game of the tournament. However, Peru rallied back with wins against Colombia and Venezuela and a draw with Ecuador to finish second in the group.
The winner will go onto the final at the Maracanã against either Argentina or Colombia, who play their semifinal on Tuesday.
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