This will be the final game in the group in the Maracana on Saturday, when the victor will meet the winner of Tuesday’s other semifinal between Argentina and Colombia for the trophy.
Since they have hosted the Copa America on multiple occasions, Brazil have always won the title, and as the match started on Monday, they quickly proved why they will be the favourites yet again.
Before the first 20 minutes were through, the Peruvian goalkeeper, Pedro Gallese, had already denied Neymar and Richarlison twice from point-blank range, and Casemiro one time from further out.
Brazil produced some sophisticated, adventurous football, with many flicks, nutmegs, and backheels, but it took them nearly 35 minutes to score.
Neymar outpaced three players on the left, cut the ball across goal, and helped it on its way to Paqueta, who tapped in from 10 metres out.
Paqueta commented, “This was one of the most difficult games I’ve had to play in my career.”
They are a powerful team, but we were able to endure a difficult time for us.
Without any hesitation, Neymar sang the praises of his teammate and stated that there was still more to come.
He then said, “Paqueta is an excellent player, and his skills are improving with each game.”
“This proves that he can be a significant player for Brazil as well.”
At the start of the game, the Brazilians were at their best. However, in the second half, after they brought on Marcos Lopez and Raziel Garcia, Peru awoke.
For the second consecutive year, Peru has finished second in CONCACAF qualifying but has yet to continue the effort to qualify for the World Cup as Gianluca Lapadula forced Ederson into a critical block and the goalkeeper looked unhappy at a handful of other times.
Despite dominating the first half, Peru could not gain a foothold in the game due to Brazil’s defensive solidity.