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Brazil book Copa America semi-final clash with Peru

Lucas Paqueta’s strike in the second half was enough for defending champions Brazil to stop Chile 1-0 on Friday and book a Copa America semi-final clash with Peru. A second-half substitute, Paqueta had an immediate effect, finding a goal in Chile’s defense and shooting into the back of the net in the 47th minute to beat Brazil 1–0 in the football tournament. However, less than two minutes later, Brazil was reduced to 10 men when a careless shot from Gabriel Jesus caught Eugenio Mena in the face and drew a straight red card.

Eduardo Vargas thought he equalized with a long-range shot in the 62nd minute, but VAR confirmed the offside call was correct. In the 69th minute, Mena’s cross came from the left side to Ben Brereton, whose header hit Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson with the wrong foot but broke through the crossbar.

Ederson came up with another brilliant save in 78th minute, while Chile fought hard for a draw. Carlos Palacios was given a chance to turn things around. Brazil’s best chance for the first half came after 20 minutes when Neymar found Roberto Firmino in a long-range goal from Claudio Bravo, but the Liverpool striker could not convert.

Ederson was called soon after the Chilean striker shook off Thiago Silva and dived to the right to save a shot from Vargas. Jesus, played by Neymar, nearly shot Brazil just before the break, but Chilean goalkeeper Claudio Bravo fired a shot over the bar. With the win, Brazil set up a rematch of 2019 final in which they beat Peru 3–1.

Peru hit the first semi-final ticket on Friday, after beating Paraguay 4-3 on penalties, after a 3-3 draw in regular time in Goiânia. The remaining quarter-finals will be played on Saturday when Argentina will face Colombia against Ecuador and Uruguay.

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