Brazil have been crown champions of the COMMEBOL Copa America 2019 after the Seleccao defeated Peru 3-1 in the final at Maracana stadium. Goals from Everton, Gabriel Jesus and Richarlison gave the host nation a deserved victory over Peru. Tite’s men beat Peru 5-0 during the group stage but were under pressure when their final opponent skipper Paolo Guerrero cancelled out Everton’s opener with a 44th-minute penalty. Jesus, whose excellent wing play laid on Brazil’s first goal, restored the advantage in first-half injury time after he was played through by Barcelona midfielder Arthur Melo.
That set the five-time world champions’ on course for their first major honour in 12 years, although a clumsy aerial challenge on Carlos Zambrano was enough to earn Jesus a second yellow card and set up a fraught finale – until substitute Richarlison dispatched a final-minute penalty to spark buoyant celebrations. On the big moment in the game was when Manchester City striker Jesus went from being a hero to zero after picking up a second yellow card 20 minutes from time for a needless late foul on Carlos Zambrano. With his team holding a slender 2-1 lead, Jesus protested his innocence and was seemingly refusing to leave the pitch before belatedly making his way to the tunnel.
He now sets an unwanted record of being the first player to ever score a goal and also sent off in a Copa America final. But that wasn’t before he booted a water bottle in anger, making clear his frustration that the referee made the wrong decision. He then punched the side of the dugout in anger and attempted to push the VAR monitor with both hands, with match officials forced to prevent it from falling to the floor.View image on Twitter
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And the drama continued as television replays showed the heartbroken striker reduced to tears as he sat on the stairs in the tunnel and continued to maintain his innocence. The Manchester City striker was indebted to his team-mates in the end, but they kind of owed him one. Having scored one and created another in the semi-final win over Argentina, Jesus repeated the trick and looked a player reborn in international colours. The 22-year-old’s scoreless outing at Russia 2018 and an often-testing season at club level felt like distant memories.