'This Copa win is special'

Updated: Jul 18, 2019, 10:11 IST | AFP |

Brazil captain Dani Alves hails team's 3-1 victory over Peru in keenly-contested final on home soil

Brazil captain Dani Alves lifts the Copa America after his team's 3-1 victory over Peru in the final at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Sunday. Pic /AFP
Brazil captain Dani Alves lifts the Copa America after his team's 3-1 victory over Peru in the final at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Sunday. Pic /AFP

Rio de Janeiro: Ten-man Brazil held on to win the Copa America on home soil despite Gabriel Jesus's dismissal with a 3-1 victory over Peru on Sunday.

Jesus scored the decisive goal after a penalty from Peru captain Paolo Guerrero canceled out Everton's opener for hosts Brazil at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana stadium.

A last minute penalty from substitute Richarlison sealed a win for Brazil which handed the South American giants their ninth Copa triumph and first since 2007.

Jesus sees red

Jesus's evening went sour 20 minutes from time as he was sent off for a second booking.

The Manchester City striker was in tears as he left the field, making obscene hand gestures, angrily kicking a water bottle and almost knocking over the VAR booth.
Brazil's players rallied after the dismissal however to claim a battling victory.

"It's really special because we built something together," enthused captain Dani Alves.

Earlier, after a minute's silence was held for bossa nova legend Joao Gilberto — who died on Saturday — underdogs Peru made a confident start and didn't appear overawed by either their opponents or the occasion.

Peru boss rues mistakes

But it quickly became apparent that they were up against more accomplished players.

"It was a game in which they took advantage of our mistakes and turned them all into goals," said Peru's
Edison Flores.

Peru coach Ricardo Gareca had said on Saturday they needed to prevent Brazil from dominating possession, but that was easier said than done.

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No of years after which Brazil won the Copa America

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No. of Copa America titles the Brazilians have won

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