Many Brazilian players did not want to participate in the Copa América tournament. After Seleção beat Peru 1-0 on Monday to reach the final, some players have said they hope to see their arch-rivals at the Maracana Stadium on Saturday.
“I want Argentina in the final. Neymar said after the game at the Nilton Santos Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. “I'm cheering for them because I have a lot of friends there. Brazil will win in the final.”
Argentina and Colombia will play the other semi-finals on Tuesday.
He made the difference on Neymar's bumpy field. Nilton Santos Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. The only goal of the match came in the 34th minute after he tricked defender Alexander Callens on the left side of the penalty area and assisted Lucas Paquetá, who threw the ball back.
Peruvian goalkeeper Pedro Gallese was one of the best in the match despite his team's elimination. He made two hard saves, one from Neymar and the other from Richarlison, from short range in the 18th minute, which could have given Brazil an earlier victory.
Brazil gave the impression that Seleção could score at any time against Peru, which they defeated 4-0 in the group stage of the tournament. But the second half was very different, with Gianluca Lapadula forcing goalkeeper Ederson to make an important save in the 49th minute after a cross. Brazil still had opportunities, but their counterattack continued to waste.
Brazil is seeking its 10 titles in the South American championship. Argentina and Colombia's Covid-
Due to concerns over the ninth final in the last 18 editions of the tournament, which moved to Brazil after withdrawing from co-hosting.
“We were solid at the back today, everybody helped, we need that to win championships,” said midfielder Casemiro. He was one of the players who criticized the organization for sending the Copa to Brazil before the tournament started.
There are alarming Covid-18 figures in Brazil. and a crisis in the football confederation that led to the dismissal of president Rogerio Caboclo on charges of sexual misconduct. Caboclo denies any wrongdoing.
Two years ago, Brazil won the championship without hurting Neymar in the match they beat Peru 3-1. The next Saturday final, which will be played without an audience due to the Covid-18 pandemic, looks like it will be more challenging.