Mark Conlon08 Jul 2019 AT 09:03 AM

Brazil crowned Copa America champions on home soil

Gabriel Jesus was heavily involved in the final, scoring Brazil's second before being sent off
Mark Conlon08 Jul 2019 AT 09:03 AM
Brazil crowned Copa America champions on home soil

Ten-man Brazil beat Peru 3-1 in the Copa America final to clinch their first title in 12 years.

The hosts, who had striker Gabriel Jesus sent off 20 minutes from time, came out on top in front of a delirious crowd at the Maracana.

It was an eventful evening for Manchester City forward Jesus, who teed up Everton to fire home the opening goal, before restoring Brazil’s lead just before half-time after Peru had drawn level from the penalty spot.

Brazil appeared to be in control of the game but when Jesus was dismissed after being shown a second yellow card, much to his frustration, it handed Peru. 3-0 winners over Chile in the semi-final, a lifeline.

They enjoyed plenty of possession as they pushed for an equaliser, but Brazil defended well with large numbers behind the ball.

An opportunity to all but end the contest arrived four minutes from time when Everton was brought down inside the penalty area. Substitute Richarlison stepped forward to take the kick and he made no mistake, converting to make it 3-1 and clinch the title for Brazil.

As the final whistle sounded, you got the impression there was nobody more relieved inside the stadium than Jesus.

The result maintained Brazil’s impressive record of having won the competition on each occasion they’ve been hosts.

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