Peru and Brazil, who starred in the final of the last Copa América (3-1 for the ‘canarinha’ on July 7, 2019), meet this next morning from Monday to Tuesday in the semifinals of the current edition after having measured in the 1st phase, when the ‘seleçao’ thrashed Ricardo Gareca’s men (4-0). Brazil, led by Neymar, is looking for another final in Rio. In the early hours of Saturday to Sunday, Colombia left Uruguay without a ‘semis’ (2-4 on penalties) and will face Argentina.
Neymar has only missed one game in this Copa América (Tite, coach of the ‘canarinha’, gave him rest) and Brazil could not beat Ecuador (1-1). Gabriel Jesus, sanctioned, is the only loss of the current champion. The coach can bet on Gabigol or Lucas Paquetá as relays. In defense, the return of Alex Sandro is expected, absent due to injury against Chile.
Brazil, for its tenth Copa América
The ‘canarinha’ dreams of achieving their tenth Copa América. The record is held by the already eliminated Uruguay, with 15, followed by Argentina, with 14. Leo Messi dreams of finally winning his first great title with the Albiceleste in this edition and reaching Uruguay. The semifinals against Colombia await him at dawn from Tuesday to Wednesday.
In the ranks of Ricardo Gareca, André Carrillo is also sanctioned. Gianluca Lapadula will be the only tip, but he worries because he has a problem with his nasal septum. Peru will pull a strong defense, counterattacks and epic, to try to surprise the Brazilian colossus.
“We have improved since Brazil beat us in the first phase. And Peru also has ambitions. At this point in the tournament, it doesn’t necessarily matter whether or not you are a favorite, ”Gareca said. Thiago Silva, captain of Brazil, said that “it is not the same story as in the 1st phase, Peru has shown its qualities, has reached the semifinals and has our respect.”
Nilton Santos Olympic Stadium, 01.00 h. (TV3)
Peru: Gallese; Corzo, Christian Ramos, Santamaría, Trauco; Renato Tapia, Ormeño, Peña, Yotún, Christian Cueva; Lapadula
Coach: Ricardo Gareca
Brazil: Ederson; Danilo, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Alex Sandro or Renan Lodi; Casemiro, Fred, Lucas Paquetá; Firmino or Gabigol, Neymar and Richarlison