Brazil wins Copa America after 12 years as Gabriel Jesus scored one goal and assisted as host Brazil lifted the cup beating Peru 3-1.
First half goals from Everton and Gabriel Jesus put Brazil in the lead against Peru, before the Manchester City striker was sent off, but a last minute penalty from Richarlison was enough to put the game to bed.
Brazil’s Gabriel Jesus made one goal, scored another and was sent off in the second half as they beat Peru 3-1 on Sunday to win the Copa America for the ninth time in a pulsating contest at the Maracana stadium.
The hosts took the lead against the run of play after 15 minutes when Gabriel Jesus bamboozled two defenders on the right flank and crossed for the unmarked Everton to fire home from close range.
Peru equalised a minute before halftime when Paolo Guerrero scored from the penalty spot after Thiago Silva was adjudged to have handled the ball, but Gabriel Jesus restored their lead just moments later to put the home side 2-1 up at the break.
Jesus was shown a second yellow with 20 minutes left but Richarlison’s late penalty sealed the win. Victory will have been a huge relief for Jesus, who was in tears when he was sent off, kicking a water bottle and then pushing over the VAR monitor as he left the pitch.
Everton was named player of the final and also finished as one of the tournament’s top scorers with three goals. Brazil’s veteran right-back Dani Alves was player of the tournament.
Brazilian football star Neymar, who could not play due to injury, sat close to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro among the crowd of nearly 70,000 at packed Maracanã Stadium.
Brazil got the win despite playing with 10 men from the 70th minute because Jesus was sent off with a second yellow card.
It is the ninth time Brazil have won the Copa America and is their first tournament success since winning a gold medal at the 2016 Olympics. The victory also maintained their record of winning the Copa America every time they have hosted it.