Published: Sun, July 07, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Brazil's Casemiro rules out Copa America final goal-fest

Brazil's Casemiro rules out Copa America final goal-fest

Peru were completely transformed from the meek outfit that was thrashed 5-0 by Brazil in their final group stage match as goals from Edison Flores, Yoshimar Yotun and Paolo Guerrero carried them to a first final since 1975.

Peru will now face hosts, Brazil in the finals and will be seeking revenge after losing 5-0 in their group game.

Sunday's clash will be Brazil's first fixture at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana stadium since their 3-0 win over Spain in the final of the 2013 Confederations Cup.

Forward Paolo Guerrero scored the third goal for his team in the stoppage time. He spent nearly 18 months overlooked by the Colombian before being recalled for the Copa America following 17 goals in 49 matches for his Mexican club side Tigres last season. The South American powerhouses have fought neck to neck in matches but Brazil have landed killer blows more often in tournaments.

Peru have advanced deep into the tournament despite scoring in only one of their four matches.

"They knocked out two big teams, Uruguay and Chile - we can't forget that".

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Sam Querrey backed-up his terrific win over Dominic Thiem in the first round by blasting past Andrey Rublev 6-3 6-2 6-3. Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, No. 9 Sloane Stephens and No. 15 Wang Qiang also advanced to third round.

"We must understand that there's a lot of work to do".

Though he squandered a promising early opportunity, Krasnodar's Cueva more than made amends by designing Peru's opener.

Peru lost Flores to an innocuous ankle injury five minutes into the second half and narrowly avoided another setback when Vargas' glancing header struck the left post. The Crook-born boss' ventures first took him to Spain where he managed Barcelona; overseeing the club's golden age during which he spent a decade in charge of the club making him the longest serving manager in their history - not Johan Curyff, as is often stated. "The quality of Neymar, indisputably we have to say he is the best Brazilian player", he told a news conference on Friday.

Chile had a chance to claw one back in the final seconds, but Eduardo Vargas saw his penalty kick saved by Pedro Gallese.

"We got some very hard results and now we are in the final we're very happy". Wednesday will be Peru's 16 semifinal appearance in the Copa America/South American championship and the Peruvian's hold an very bad 2-13 record on previous semifinal appearances.

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