Brazil Beat Peru To Win The 2019 Copa America

Brazil have ended their 12 year wait for the Copa America after beating Peru 3-1 in the final.

The Maracana erupted when Everton Soares opened the scoring in the 15th minute after great work from Gabriel Jesus on the right.

The 23-year-old, who plays his football at Gremio, has been a revelation at this summer's tournament, scoring three goals.

Then against the run of play, Ricardo Gareca's side equalised in dramatic fashion.

All-time top goalscorer Paolo Guerrero netted just before half time when Thiago Silva was judged to have handled the ball in the penalty area.

The 35-year-old sent goalkeeper Alisson the wrong way to make it 1-1.

Moments later it was that man Gabriel Jesus who restored Brazil's lead.

Tireless work from Roberto Firmino, who ran back to the half way line to retain possession, was key as Arthur provided an inch perfect pass in the final third.

Jesus has been in scintillating form under Tite and Sunday's performance against Peru topped off a wonderful tournament for the 22-year-old.

Brazil continued to dominate in the second half, with Philippe Coutinho pulling the strings from midfield to attack.

But in the 70th minute, the game was thrown on its head when Man of the Match contender Gabriel Jesus was sent off for a second yellow card.

Pictures soon emerged of the Brazilian in tears in the tunnel.

Brazil were then awarded a penalty in the final minutes and substitute Richarlison made it 3-1.

Tite's side managed to cling on with 10 men to secure their first Copa America trophy since 2007.

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some huge names in the world of sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport, but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

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