Paquetá: ‘We achieved the important thing, advance to the semifinals’

The Brazilian midfielder Lucas Paquetá, author of the goal with which he Brazil he won this Friday 1-0 to chili and qualified for the semifinals of the America Cup, affirmed that, although the Canarinhahe had to play defense in the second half because he had one less player, the important thing was to advance.

“We achieved the most important thing, which was to win, manage the advantage we had and advance to the semifinals,” said the French Olympique de Lyon creative, who scored the winning goal a minute after entering the field in Roberto’s place. Firmino.

Paquetá admitted that after the scoring of the goal and the almost immediate expulsion of striker Gabriel Jesús at the start of the second half, the Brazilian coach, Tite, asked him to reinforce the team’s defense to face the Chilean pressure.

“The teacher knows the characteristics of each one, and mine is to be able to help forward or help backward, which is what I do at my club,” said the midfielder.

Paquetá admitted that the match with Chile was one of the most difficult for Brazil in the current Copa América but that in the end all the players were able to contribute to the victory by reinforcing the scoring.

Paquetá’s goal at the beginning of the second half after Neymar’s pass allowed Brazil to beat Chile by the minimum in the quarter-final match and advance to the semifinals, in which Peru will be measured, which this Friday beat Paraguay on penalties 4-3 after drawing 3-3 in regulation time.

The Brazilian team, favorite for the Copa América title, which plays at home again and beat the Peruvian 4-0 in the group stage, will seek a place in the final of the tournament next Monday, when it will host Peru again. at the Nilton Santos stadium in Rio de Janeiro.