Brazil through to Copa America final
Brazil booked their place in the Copa America final following a 2-0 win over rivals Argentina in the last four.
The hosts of the tournament will play either Peru or Chile, who meet tonight, in next Monday’s final after deservedly progressing at the expense of an Argentina side containing Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero.
Goals in either half, from Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino, did the damage, although both Messi and Aguero were denied by the woodwork as Argentina attempted to find a route back into the contest.
Firmino supplied the pass from which Jesus broke the deadlock in the first half, and it was a reversal of the same combination which put the contest to bed as the Manchester City man carried the ball from deep before squaring for his team-mate to make it 2-0, sparking jubilant scenes inside the stadium.
Elsewhere in the football world, USA progressed to the Women’s World Cup final following a dramatic 2-1 victory over England.
The holders will play either Netherlands or Sweden, who meet in the second semi-final tonight, in Sunday’s final, but England will feel as though they deserved to go through.
On a dramatic evening in Lyon there were three goals, another controversially ruled out by VAR, a missed penalty and a red card.
It was USA who seized the initiative when they took an early lead through Christen Press, but England were quickly back on level terms thanks to a smart finish from Ellen White.
Alex Morgan restored USA’s advantage, although Phil Neville’s side thought they had drawn level once more, only for White’s strike to be ruled out for offside for VAR.
Moments later England were then presented with a wonderful opportunity to force extra-time, but captain Steph Houghton saw her penalty saved, shortly before her central defensive partner Millie Bright was shown a second yellow card.