Copa America Final, as it happened: Brazil wins ninth continental crown despite Jesus red card

Five-time World Cup winner and host Brazil beat Peru 3-1 in the final of the 2019 Copa America to win its ninth South American championship.

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's live blog of the Copa America 2019.

This is Dominic Richard and I will be taking you through our live coverage.

The action takes place at the Estadio do Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, where Brazil takes on Peru in the final of the 2019 Copa America.

This will be the first ever Copa America final featuring these two teams. Let's get going!

 

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That's it from me as this year's Copa America ends with Brazil being crowned as South America's champion for the ninth time.

MATCH REPORT| Brazil 3 Peru 1: Brazil seals ninth Copa America title as Jesus sees red

Brazil wins the Copa America on home soil as it is crowned continental champion for the first time since 2007.Gabriel Jesus' big goal on the stroke of half-time gave Brazil a lead it would never relinquish, despite the striker being set off with 20 minutes to play, as Richarlison applied the finishing touches from the penalty spot late on to dash Peru's hopes of a comeback.

90+6' AND IT IS FULL-TIME!!! BRAZIL 3 - 1 PERU. BRAZIL IS THE 2019 COPA AMERICA CHAMPION!!!!

90+5' Miguel Trauco whips the ball in, but it fails to reach any of his teammates as the opposition's defence averts the threat.

90+3' There will be five minutes added on at the end of this match, but they seem like nothing more than a formality now.

90+2' FINAL SUBSTITUTION FOR HOST BRAZIL. Everton leaves the pitch and is replaced by Allan.

90+1' Richarlison sees yellow for taking his shirt off in his celebration.

90' AND IT IS A GOAL!!!!!! 3-1 BRAZIL!!!!! Substitute Richarlison puts the ball into the bottom left corner past the outstretched arm of Pedro Gallese. That might be job done for the Selecao!

88' VAR CHECK!!! The referee Roberto Tobar Vargas is happy with his original decision after the VAR review. It’s a PENALTY to Brazil!

87' EVERTON WINS BRAZIL A PENALTY! That might just be curtains for Peru! Everton embarks on a delicious run, but a heavy touch sees the ball squirt ahead of him allowing Zambrano to intervene and block him off. There didn't appear to be a whole lot in it, but the referee pointed straight to the spot.

86' SUBSTITUTION!! A final roll of the dice for Peru sees Polo take the place of Carrillo, in what is more of a straight swap on the flank.

84' Peru's pressure amounts to nothing and Brazil looks to break quickly, before Advincula fouls Everton smartly to prevent a counter. It's a yellow for the full-back.

82' SECOND SUBSTITUTION FOR PERU! Today's match ends for Renato Tapia who will be replaced by Christofer Gonzales.

80' Into the final 10 minutes plus added time and it's edge of the seat stuff from Brazil. Just about everyone is behind the ball for it now, with Everton and Richarlison its only real attackers out on the pitch - and Everton has been consistently tracking back here to lend a hand to Alex Sandro in defence.

79' Brazil captain Dani Alves tries to send a pass but it's blocked by a Peru midfielder.

78' SUBSTITUTION! And Peru finally makes its first change of the night with Ruidiaz replacing Yotun. It's a striker on for a defensive midfielder, as La Blanquirroja are going for it at last.

77' ANOTHER SUBSTITUTION FOR BRAZIL!! Philippe Coutinho makes his way off the pitch and Eder Militao comes on as his replacement.

75' SUBSTITUTION!! Brazil responds to the setback by making its first change as a fresher Richarlison is brought on to carry the weight in attack, replacing a tired Firmino.

74' Flores blows up a wonderful opportunity as he sends a rebound from just outside of the box narrowly wide of the left post. The ball goes out of play and Brazil will have a goal kick.

FACT

That is Jesus' first red card for Brazil, and just the second of his professional career. His only other one came with Palmeiras in 2016 in the Copa Libertadores.

 

72' Peru has turned up the heat now! Trauco forces Alisson into a save with a strike from 20 yards, as Brazil is being pulled back here. Jesus, meanwhile, is spotted crying in the tunnel. That was quite the controversial decision and he's understandably not taking it well.

70' BRAZIL IS DOWN TO 10 MEN!!! Gabriel Jesus is shown a second yellow!!! He catches Zambrano with an elbow as they both went up for the ball! It looked a bit harsh, but the referee has made up his mind and Brazil's task just got a little bit harder!

68' Zambrano gives Jesus a late push out of the field of play and the referee doesn't hesitate in giving the Peru player a yellow card.

67' Trauco produces a good cross, but the Brazil defence clears the danger.

65' Tapia wins a free-kick on the right flank as Peru remains in the ascendancy. Nothing comes from the set piece, but Peru keeps the pressure on after Brazil initially clears its lines.

63' Carrillo produces a dangerous cross into the box which is intercepted. Cueva gets to the rebound and produces a dangerous low pass into the penalty area, but the Selecao defence manages to cut it out.

61' Into the final 30 minutes of this match and both teams have equally dominated this half. Peru has had the advantage in the last five minutes though.

59' Flores whips the ball into the penalty area, but one of the Brazil defenders is alert and clears it away. The ball goes to Coutinho, who connects with a pass but Jesus sees his shot from the edge of the box blocked.

57' JUST WIDE!!! Another clever move down the left sees Everton and Alex Sandro link up, with the latter whipping an inviting cross in at the near post for Firmino who gets in front of his marker but just steers his header wide!

FACT

Brazil has won 13 of its 17 home games against Peru in all competitions (D2 L2), losing only in 1975 and 1985.

 

56' A good shot from distance by Cueva after a precise pass is brilliantly blocked by a defender. The referee gives Peru a corner.

54' Ambitious effort from Firmino. He finds himself in a great position after collecting a precise pass inside the penalty area and goes for goal, but it never troubles the goalkeeper and flies well wide of the post.

53' Cueva does well to get forward before being fouled by Thiago Silva, who sees yellow for his efforts. The game's tempo is really picking up here.

51' GOOD CHANCE!!! Coutinho picks up the ball in space and from inside the penalty area sends a shot inches wide of the left post. The ball goes out of play and goal kick for Peru.

49' Coutinho looks to break quickly for Brazil and Tapia is having none of it, taking one for the team as he wraps his arms around the attacker and pulls him to ground. Roberto Tobar Vargas gives Tapia a yellow card.

47' Alves attempts to find one of his teammates with a long pass, but La Blanquirroja defence reacts well to intercept the effort. The Selecao will take a corner kick.

46' Brazil gets the second half underway! No changes from either side at the break.

It will be interesting to see how Gareca approaches his substitutions in the second half. Peru has hardly spent any time in attack and that obviously needs to change. Polo could be an option to provide more width on the break, while Ruidiaz could also be a good option to provide Guerrero with a strike partner up top.

Gabriel Jesus' goal with essentially the last kick of the first half has completely changed the complexion of this final heading into the interval. The sides looked poised to head into the break on level terms after Paolo Guerrero's penalty cancelled out Everton's opener, but Peru now has to do it all again.

45+4' AND IT'S HALF-TIME IN THE FINAL. BRAZIL 2 - 1 PERU.

45+3' BRAZIL TAKES THE LEAD ONCE AGAIN!!! IT IS 2-1 NOW!!! On the stroke of half-time Arthur dispossesses Yotun high up the pitch, bursts forward and rolls a clever pass across for Jesus who shows great composure to wait out Gallese and roll a finish in at the far post. Oustanding play from Arthur there in midfield, not just to win the ball back, but to quickly turn up the pitch and find that pass for Jesus.

45+2' Trauco produces a good pass into the box, but one of the Brazil players cuts it out.

FACT

Brazil has the highest possession average (66.5%) and passing accuracy (88.8%) in the 2019 Copa America. It also has the most shots on target (26).

 

45' Coutinho goes on an induvidual run, but he fails to create a chance as an opposition player blocks him. There will be three minutes added on at the end of this first half.

44' AND IT IS 1-1!!! Paolo Guerrero keeps his cool and sends Alisson the wrong way as he pulls Peru level! It's game on now in the final!

42' VAR CHECK! PERU HAS A PENALTY! Well that wasn't in the script! A major twist in the tale as a Cueva's low cross is blocked by the arm of Thiago Silva, following a tidy give and go with Flores! A lifeline for Peru!

40' HANDBALL!!! Thiago Silva handled the ball. PENALTY! Paolo Guererro is about to take a penalty kick. Let's see how this ends.

38' Flores sends in a lofted cross into the penalty area. Unfortunately for him, Brazil's defence deals with his cross comfortably and intercepts it.

36' GOOD CHANCE! Sandro swings the ball into the box, and Firmino gets in front of his man and powers his header just over the bar. The ball is off of the pitch and it's a goal kick for Peru.

34' Peru has been nowhere near the attacking third since the opening few minutes. This first half has actually sort of flown by, despite the fact that not a whole lot has happened. Brazil is like a well-oiled machine in possession, though.

32' Casemiro makes a bad challenge and leaves the referee with no other option than to give a foul. It's a free kick to Peru, but it's in no position for a direct shot on goal.

30' Jesus is a bit over-eager to try and win the ball back high up the pitch, sliding in with a late and rather agressive challenge, as he picks up the game's first yellow card as a result.

29' Gareca is urging his side to pick up its energy level as it has been lured into a bit of a lull. The issue is it just can't seem to get on the ball with Brazil playing quite well in that regard. The host is hardly relinquishing possession.

27' An accurate cross to pick out Paolo Guerrero in the centre of the box by Flores, but his header floats harmlessly high over the bar. The ball is off of the pitch and it's a goal kick for Brazil

26' Gabriel Jesus is ruled offside. Andre Carrillo gets his way past challenges, but a Brazil player does well to get the ball away. The referee makes the right call and Peru will have a corner.

FACT

Brazil and Peru are playing the first Copa America final in which both teams have kept a clean sheet in both the quarterfinals and semifinals.

 

24' Coutinho receives a lofted pass from the flank and shoots from close range, but the ball flies slightly wide, almost brushing the left-side post. The ball is off of the pitch and it's a goal kick for Peru.

23' Brazil is suffocating Peru as it passes the ball around in midfield, essentially playing keep-away. It is looking to force Peru to press and pull it out of its shape in the process.

21' Everton's goal has really helped settle Brazil down. It is looking a lot more comfortable on the ball, with Peru somewhat rattled. The visitor is coming off a bit frantic as it has to play catch-up. It did beat Bolivia earlier in the tournament despite conceding first, though Brazil is an entirely different team.

20' Dani Alves attempts a long pass, but the defence does well to intercept the ball. Throw-in for Brazil.

19' Coutinho gives away a foul during an attacking move and the referee blows his whistle.

17' A cross from captain Dani Alves is unsuccessful as the La Blanquirroja defence quickly clears the ball out of the penalty area.

15' AND IT'S A GOAL! 1-0 BRAZIL! The Maracana is sent into raptures as Brazil converts the first clear-cut chance of the match! Jesus found space on the right and clipped a lovely delivery in towards the far post where Everton arrived unmarked to smash home a first-time finish!

13' The ball is cleared after Gabriel Jesus attempted to dribble past a Peru player.

11' For the first time, Brazil gets forward with a bit of intent. It works it around cleverly on the fringes of the final third, but there's no way through for it at the moment. Peru has done well to settle into its defensive shape.

FACT

Peru is the first team to reach a Copa America final despite having lost a game by five or more goals in that same tournament. It lost 0-5 to Brazil in this year’s group stage.

 

10' Advincula does his best to latch on to a long pass, but it was too long and it goes out of play. The linesman signals a throw-in for Brazil.

9' These two sides are really feeling each other out in the opening stages. There's not been a ton of pace to speak of, with Brazil yet to really get out of first gear.

7' Coutinho looks to break free, but an opposition player clears the ball away.

6' Tapia nicely brought down the pass, but his long-range effort was wild and went well wide of the right post. The ball goes out of play and Brazil will have a goal kick.

5' Despite the majority of the supporters in attendance cheering Brazil forward, it's Peru who has been the brighter of the two sides to start. It certainly looks up for the occasion, getting after every ball with real intent as it puts some decent pressure on the host.

4' Paolo Guerrero does a solo run towards goal but the defender gets back well to make a challenge.

3' Everton commits a foul and free-kick for Peru. Cueva's shot goes inches off the post.

2' Hand ball by Philippe Coutinho and the referee blows his whistle for a foul. Peru is awarded a free kick. Christian Cueva takes a long-range free kick. His well-taken effort flies only inches wide of the left post. The ball is off of the pitch and it's a goal kick for Brazil.

1' KICK OFF! Here we go.

The atmosphere is insane at the Maracana. Sounds like entire Brazil is at the stadium.

- The teams are out on the field for the national anthems. Action will be underway soon.

 

Today's referee is Roberto Tobar Vargas. He was the referee when Brazil beat Paraguay in a penalty shoot-out in the quarterfinals. He also refereed Colombia's 2-0 win over Argentina in a Group B game.

-     Brazil superstar Neymar missed this year's Copa America due to an ankle injury. It was widely expected to be a major blow to Brazil's chances of winning the tournament on home soil. However, Brazil has marched to the final and is yet to concede a goal at the Copa America, so is it missing star forward Neymar or not?

READ| Copa America final: Is Brazil better without Neymar?

-     The Maracana stadium, with a capacity of around 80,000, is a historic venue as it has hosted the 2014 World Cup final between Germany and Argentina. The 2016 Olympics gold medal match between the Selecao and Germany was also held at this stadium. Incidentally, Brazil went on to win its first Olympic gold back then so the host will be hoping to replicate that success. Meanwhile, Peru would want to finally break its 44-year trophy drought.

-     Brazil qualified to the knockout stage as Group A leader and Peru qualified by finishing as one of the two best third-placed teams. Brazil had thrashed Peru 5-0 in a group A game.

-     Peru makes its first final appearance at the tournament since it won the Copa America in 1975.

-     Brazil has attempted the most shots (88) and has faced the least shots on target (seven) in this year's Copa America.

READ| Copa America: Brazil looks to future, Peru chases glory

-     Peru just has one victory over Brazil in the last 19 competitive games (W1, D5, L13).

-     Brazil has won the Copa America on all four occasions that it has hosted the tournament.

-     Three of Peru’s last four Copa America games involved a goal in the 90th minute or later.

-     There has been over 2.5 goals in Brazil’s last four Copa America final matches, with at least two first-half goals in each.

-    Peru has registered a clean sheet in four of its last six competitive fixtures.

-    Brazil is yet to concede a goal in this tournament and has kept clean sheets in its last six outings across all competitions, stretching all the way back to March. It has conceded only two goals in its 14 games since crashing out of the World Cup last year

-    Peru has two Copa America titles (1939, 1975) and its best finish at the World Cup came in 1970, when the team made the quarterfinals.

-    Brazil has won five FIFA World Cups (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002), one Olympic gold medal (2016) and eight Copa America titles (third most).

 

Team news-

BRAZIL XI (4-2-3-1): Alisson; Dani Alves, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Alex Sandro; Arthur, Casemiro; Gabriel Jesus, Philippe Coutinho, Everton; Roberto Firmino.

SUBS: Allan, Filipe Luis, Ederson, Miranda, Richarlison, Fernandinho, Eder Militao, Fagner, Cassio, Willian, Lucas Paqueta, David Neres.

PERU XI (4-2-3-1): Pedro Gallese; Luis Advincula, Carlos Zambrano, Luis Abram, Miguel Trauco; Renato Tapia, Yoshimar Yotun; Andre Carrillo, Christian Cueva, Edison Flores; Paolo Guerrero.

SUBS: Patricio Alvarez, Carlos Caceda, Cristofer Gonzales, Josepmir Ballon, Jesus Pretell, Anderson Santamaria, Alexander Callens, Miguel Araujo, Raul Ruidiaz, Andy Polo, Aldo Corzo.

 

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