Brazil OUT of the Copa America as Peru win Group B

Brazil OUT of the Copa America as Peru win Group B

It was shocking. It was unbelievable. It was incredible. As one country was caught in ecstasy, the other was left totally speechless. How, just how, did this occur? All that was expected was a victory, all that was needed was a draw. No one could fathom the outcome, only the bravest of hearts.

Brazil, the great football nation, the seventh best team in the world, the Samba country, has been bundled out of the Centennial Copa America. It’s insane, they were among the favorites. A 1-0 defeat at the Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, was the first time in 41 years that the Selecao have tasted defeat at the hands of Peru at the quadrennial tournament.

Dunga’s charges, even with no captain Neymar available due to the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, completely dominated the game, but couldn’t make it count. And when they conceded, it was a controversial goal. To make matters for Brazil, that goal ensured Peru were crowned the Group B winners.

That happened in the 75th minute. The Peruvians were on the attack. 21-year old forward, Andy Polo, went past Brazilian left back, Filipe Luis, and his cross was met by substitute Raul Ruidiaz, who appeared to score with his arm. The 36,000-plus crowd could not believe it. Neither could the Samba Boys after Uruguayan referee Andres Cunha pointed to the centre of the pitch, having consulted his linesman.

That said, it was Brazil who were on top of the game. As early as the 12th minute, Luis saw his strike saved by Peruvian keeper Pedro Gallese, as Philippe Coutinho and Willian probed Los Incas’ defense. Striker Gabriel Barbosa also saw his first half effort kept out by Gallese as the Selecao also saw a strong penalty claim waived off after Christian Ramos tangled with Lucas Lima in the box.

Peru did not bother Brazilian keeper Alisson in the first half, but the Incas improved in the second half and got their Ruidiaz break to set up a quarterfinal affair with Group A runners’ up Colombia at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Saturday morning, Kenyan time.  As for Brazil, the 7-1 victory over Haiti was soon forgotten due to the Peruvian spoiler.

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