Brazil will be able to defend its 2019 Copa America title.
Lucas Paqueta found the back of the net off an assist from Neymar for the game’s lone goal as Brazil edged Peru 1-0 to reach the Copa America 2021 final. The hosts were heavily favored to win the match, but had to break down Peru slowly before ultimately getting on the board.
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What a set up by Neymar pic.twitter.com/X3zIlW5su8
Neymar made a brilliant individual move to draw the majority of Peru’s attention on the goal, allowing Paqueta to hit the ball on his first touch into a relatively open goal. Paqueta had a ton of space as well due to Neymar’s brilliance.
Peru withstood Brazil’s onslaught well for most of the game despite the loss. The hosts had 15 shots to Peru’s seven and managed to put eight on target, but only had one goal. Brazil’s finishing will need to be better if it meets Argentina, as the oddsmakers expect, in the Copa America final.
The title match will take place Saturday, July 10 at 8 p.m. ET.