Gabriel Jesus Lost His Cool After Being Sent Off In Copa America Final
Gabriel Jesus was sent off in the final of the Copa America on Sunday night and he reacted by perfectly summing up everyone's feelings towards VAR before breaking into tears.
Brazil won their first Copa America title in 12 years on Sunday, beating Peru in the final, but it wasn't quite the fairytale ending for everyone involved in the win as Gabriel Jesus was sent off in the 70th minute.
The Manchester City striker was distraught at his red card, coming after a second yellow for a foul on Carlos Zambrano at 2-1, and the 22-year-old completely lost his cool.
Jesus protested his innocence, wouldn't leave the pitch initially, then kicked a bottle of water in anger, punched the dugout and then summed up everyone's feelings by pushing over the VAR monitor.
Gabriel Jesus :flag_br: with the biggest MOOD of the tournament! #CopaAmerica #Irony pic.twitter.com/BNKRJIVN01
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The striker, who had put the Selecao 2-1 up in first half injury-time, apologised after the game for his behaviour, saying, "I want to apologise. I could have avoided it and I also need to grow up a lot."
But before then he had broken down in tears after leaving the pitch, potentially believing that he'd cost his team the match.
Gabriel Jesus in tears after a harsh and undeserved red card! :cry:#CopaAmerica pic.twitter.com/oE0oYgM9jd
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On home soil Brazil had topped their group without conceding, including beating fellow finalists Peru 5-0, before beating Paraguay on penalties in the quarter-final and Argentina 2-0 in the semis.
Everton put the hosts ahead in the final but on the stroke of half time Peru captain Paolo Guerrero scored from the penalty spot, the first goal Brazil had conceded all tournament.
Had Peru gone into the break level it might have been a different game but Jesus put Tite's side back ahead in the third minute of injury-time.
The unfancied finalists had a decent spell after the City striker was sent off but in the 90th minute Richarlison added a third from the spot.
It was the first time since 2007 that Brazil won the Copa America and they certainly killed some of their demons from the home World Cup in 2014.