RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Defending Copa The US champions Brazil defended strongly with 10 males to advance to the semifinals with a 1-0 utilize on Friday against Chile. Change Lucas Paquetá scored the very best likely goal of the match only seconds sooner than Gabriel Jesus changed into despatched off early within the 2d half.
Paquetá’s winner to the left corner of Chilean goalkeeper Claudio Bravo within the 46th minute gave Brazil followers some hope that the Selecao would ease into the next stage. But only two minutes later Jesus changed into despatched off after hitting Chile’s Eugenio Mena with a flying kick.
Neymar and Brazil coach Tite acknowledged after the match that Jesus didn’t look for Mena and by chance kicked him as he tried to increase possession within the midfield.
Brazil labored so exhausting defensively that Chile had fewer pictures on goal after Jesus changed into despatched off than for the duration of the time he played; two against three.
“Defending successfully is a characteristic of ours,” Brazil’s Thiago Silva acknowledged. “No matter what we did as of late we concede few targets. Ever down to 10 we created optimistic alternatives. I’m very ecstatic with this team, for its battling spirit.”
Paquetá came onto the pitch after a tense first half with few alternatives for each aspect. He replaced Roberto Firmino.
Brazil didn’t quit threatening Chile with Neymar’s dribbles and rapid counter-attacks. But Chile changed into worthy closer to the equalizer; it had an Eduardo Vargas goal disallowed for offside and English-Chilean Ben Brereton hit the bar with a header within the 68th minute.
An exhausted Neymar acknowledged after the match that taking part in with 10 males changed into a great test for Brazil. He changed into no longer shut to scoring as in relatively heaps of Copa The US matches, nevertheless he changed into key by holding possession.
“Every match now we like got to salvage some tests to love us stronger, demonstrate we are able to raise out it in every circumstance,” Neymar acknowledged. “We had to stand together. It changed into very exhausting to maintain out it.”
Chile’s Arturo Vidal acknowledged his team will leave the match with some pleasure.
“We lost to a great team, a fave which is taking part in at dwelling,” he acknowledged. “If we play love we played as of late, with some beyond regular time to work, this team will clearly like its depth assist. We hope to qualify to the World Cup. This will likely be exhausting, nevertheless we are able to.”
Peru developed to the semifinal after beating Paraguay on penalties 4-3 after a 3-3 rating in traditional time, in basically the most thrilling Copa The US match but.
Brazil and Peru played the latest Copa The US last in 2019, with the hosts winning 3-1. Jesus changed into moreover despatched off in that match at Rio’s Maracana Stadium. Monday’s come across will likely be at the identical Nilton Santos Stadium where Brazil beat Chile.
Brazil coach Tite, who changed into lately fined by South American soccer physique CONMEBOL for criticizing the match’s organization, once extra criticized the quality of the Nilton Santos pitch, despite minor improvements made lately.
“If I were watching from dwelling I’d direct this could presumably need been a real variety match, and scrutinize what it is miles… Ederson had difficulties to utilize goal kicks,” Tite acknowledged. “Please, be guilty. I see folks are searching for to present a enhance to the pitch, nevertheless procure a greater pitch for us to play.”
The Copa The US last will likely be played at the Maracana Stadium on July 10.
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