Friday, Sep 17, 2021
Outlook.com
Outlook.com

Copa America 2021, 1st Semi-final: Defending Champions Brazil Take On Peru - Match Preview

Few expect that favorite tag to change as Brazil get ready for their Copa America 2021, semifinal against Peru, a team that the Selecao thrashed 4-0 two weeks ago in the group stage

Copa America 2021, 1st Semi-final: Defending Champions Brazil Take On Peru - Match Preview
Alex Sandro, Neymar, Everton Ribeiro and Richarlison scored for Brazil against Peru in their group meeting. | AP Photo
Copa America 2021, 1st Semi-final: Defending Champions Brazil Take On Peru - Match Preview
outlookindia.com
2021-07-05T10:33:05+05:30

Defending Copa America champion Brazil is still regarded as the team to beat — not bad for a tournament some of their players didn't even want to be in. (More Football News)

Few expect that favorite tag to change as Brazil gets ready for Monday's semifinal against Peru, a team that the Seleção thrashed 4-0 two weeks ago in the group stage.

The winner at the Nilton Santos Stadium in Rio de Janeiro will play Saturday's final at the historic Maracana Stadium against Argentina or Colombia, which play on Tuesday.

"It is obvious we are favorites for being at home, but we need to know how to deal with that," Brazil midfielder Fred said at a news conference on Sunday.

"Players want to have the match of their lives against Brazil. The last one (beating Chile 1-0 in the quarterfinals) was tough, but the next will be tougher. Peru will be motivated, trying to win, it will be the match of their lives."

Brazil and Peru played in the 2019 Copa America final, with host Brazil winning 3-1 before nearly 70,000 fans. Monday's match will be played without fans due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Two key strikers won't be playing in the semifinal. Brazil's Gabriel Jesus and Peru's André Carrillo (against Paraguay) were sent off during the quarterfinals. Brazil's Everton, one of the top scorers at the 2019 Copa America edition, and veteran Christian Cueva are set to take their places.

Brazil advanced to the semifinals after a hard-fought win with 10 men for almost all of the second half against Chile.

Peru recovered from its 4-0 defeat against the hosts by beating Colombia and Venezuela and securing a draw with Ecuador. It reached the semifinals on penalties after a 3-3 draw with Paraguay.

"We will have the chance to face Brazil and correct all the things that went wrong in the first match," Peru coach Ricardo Gareca said.

"Brazil continues to be a very powerful team, this Brazil is very good. Our team is also improving."

Alex Sandro, Neymar, Éverton Ribeiro and Richarlison scored for Brazil against Peru.

Peru will look to striker Gianluca Lapadula, replacing its all-time top scorer Paolo Guerrero who missed the tournament due to a knee injury.

Brazil will once again count on Neymar, its best player in the tournament so far, who finished the clash against Chile in a state of exhaustion, along with many of his teammates.

(AP)

Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement

Read More from Outlook

Kohli's Stepping Down As India's T20 Captain Part Of BCCI 'Roadmap'

Kohli's Stepping Down As India's T20 Captain Part Of BCCI 'Roadmap'

Virat Kohli will hand over India's T20 captaincy after the World Cup in October-November. Given his IPL record as skipper, Rohit Sharma is widely tipped to succeed Kohli.

24 New Ministers Sworn In To Gujarat Cabinet, Bhupendra Patel To Hold First Meeting As CM

24 New Ministers Sworn In To Gujarat Cabinet, Bhupendra Patel To Hold First Meeting As CM

Governor Acharya Devvrat administered the oath to 10 cabinet ministers and 14 ministers of state along with five ministers of state with independent charge.

FM Sitharaman Announced Setting Up Of National Asset Reconstruction Company

FM Sitharaman Announced Setting Up Of National Asset Reconstruction Company

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on September 16 announced that the Cabinet has approved a central government guarantee of up to Rs 30,600 crore to back security receipts to be issued by National Asset Reconstruction Company Limited (NARCL). The guarantee would be valid for a period of five years. Asset reconstruction companies (ARCs) generally buy distressed assets with a 15 per cent cash payment and 85 per cent in security receipts.

Farmer Protests: Haryana Govt Forms Committee To Resolve Highway Blockade Issue

Farmer Protests: Haryana Govt Forms Committee To Resolve Highway Blockade Issue

Haryana government constituted a state-level committee to hold discussions with the farmers’ and farmers’ unions regarding the ongoing blockade of NH-44 by protesting farmers.

Advertisement