Brazil edge Peru to make Copa America final

Lucas Paqueta sent defending champions Brazil into the Copa America final with a first-half winner against Peru.

The game was played at the Nilton Santos Stadium on Tuesday morning.

Neymar beat three defenders on the left before crossing for Paqueta to guide home the semi-final’s only goal.

Brazil, who have won the Copa America every time they hosted the tournament, face either Argentina or Colombia in Saturday’s final at the Maracana.

“I want Argentina, I am cheering them on,” Neymar said.

“I have friends there and in the final Brazil will win.”

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Paris St-Germain forward Neymar was a bright spark for Brazil as they again edged Peru.

Brazil beat Peru in the 2019 final to lift the trophy for the ninth time.

Peru goalkeeper Pedro Gallese made a fine double save from point-blank range to deny Neymar and Richarlison early on.

Neymar’s trickery and ability to find Paqueta with a finely placed pass when surrounded by Peruvian defenders on the left proved decisive in the 34th minute.

Peru pressed for a second-half equaliser, with Gianluca Lapadula testing Ederson with a fierce effort, but they failed to upstage the hosts.

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