An Ecuador facet fighting to keep their Copa America hopes alive managed to hold a previously perfect Brazil — playing without a resting Neymar — to a 1-1 draw and reach the quarter-finals.
An Ecuador facet preventing to maintain their Copa America hopes alive managed to carry a beforehand excellent Brazil — enjoying without a resting Neymar — to a 1-1 draw Sunday and reach the quarter-finals. Peru meanwhile defeated Venezuela 1-0 within the different Group B match to ship the Covid-decimated “Vinotinto” crew packing from the South American championships. Seeking to extend a 10-match successful streak, Brazil got here out pressuring in Goiania on the group’s final matchday. Coach Tite opted to rest Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar, but the “Selecao” nonetheless dominated the primary half.
However dealing with the specter of an early exit, Ecuador got here out preventing within the second half. They obtained the equalizer within the 53rd minute, as Brazil tried to clear a nook kick.
Enter Valencia managed to go it again the opposite manner, setting up Angel Mena, who sprinted into fireside the ball previous Brazil’s Alisson.
“We played first half the place we managed to impose our model of play. The first half was a lot better than the second,” stated Brazil defender Marquinhos.
“Now we’re within the decisive half, the knock-out stage, so we’ve got to work on enjoying our greatest soccer for the total match.”
Peru meanwhile completed the group stage on a high note after a spectacular turnaround.
The Incas opened the match with a 4-0 thrashing by Brazil.
But they went on to defeat Colombia, then battle again from 2-0 down in opposition to Ecuador Wednesday to secure a draw.
They added three extra factors Sunday because of Andre Carrillo, who capitalized on Venezuela’s clumsy failure to clear a nook within the 48th minute in Brasilia.
“Peru shouldn’t give up what we have been engaged on. I think we have proven our ability to combat again all through Copa America,” stated Argentine coach Ricardo Gareca.
Brazil finished the group stage as heavy favorites with 10 factors from 4 matches — three factors away from runners-up Peru in Group B.
Colombia completed third with 4 points and Ecuador fourth with three.
Venezuela joined Group A side Bolivia as the two teams eliminated from the group stage.