Paqueta scored the only goal of the game in the defending champion’s victory over Chile.
On Friday, at the 48th minute of the America’s Cup quarter-final at the Nielton Santos Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazilian forward Gabriel Jesus hit Chile’s Eugenio with a flying ball. Mena) was sent off.
The defending champions Brazil advanced to the semifinals 1-0 after substitute Lucas Paqueta scored the only goal of the game.
In the 46th minute, Paqueta won the left corner of Chilean goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, which gave Brazilian fans the hope that the Brazilian team could easily enter the next stage.
But just two minutes later, Jesus hit Chile’s Eugenio Mena with a flying kick and was sent off by a red card.
Red card for Jesus🥰
Gabriel Jesus was sent off for an ugly challenge. pic.twitter.com/nLpxuE8uDb
— TSN (@TSN_Sports) July 3, 2021
Neymar and Brazil coach Tite said after the game that Jesus did not see Mena and accidentally kicked him when the midfielder tried to regain possession of the ball.
“Good defense is our characteristic,” said Brazil’s Thiago Silva. “No matter what we did today, we lost very few goals. Up to 10 people, we all created clear opportunities. I am proud of this team because of their fighting spirit.”
Paqueta replaced Roberto Firmino after the first half was tense, and both sides had very few opportunities.
The exhausted Neymar said after the game that playing with 10 people is a big test for Brazil.
Neymar said: “Every game we need to conduct some tests to make us stronger, to prove that we can do it in any situation.” “We have to stand together. It is very difficult to do this.”
Arturo Vidal of Chile said that his team will leave the game with some pride.
“We lost to a great team, this is a favorite at home games,” he said. “If we play like today and have more time to work, this team will obviously regain strength. We hope to qualify for the World Cup. It will be difficult, but we can.”
Peru defeated Paraguay 4-3 in a penalty shootout with a score of 3-3 in regular time to advance to the semifinals.
Brazil and Peru played the latest Copa America final in 2019, and the hosts won 3-1. Jesus was also sent off in the match at the Rio Maracanã Stadium.