Brazil orchestrate yet another victory Vs Peru as Lucas Paqueta’s goal books them a place in the final of Copa America 2021

July 6, 2021

When you hail from a country like India you will understand two things about football- one is that everyone has a favorite country outside of India whom they support in International tournaments and the other one is that you either support Brazil or Argentina and never both of them at the same time. It’s quite ominous if you think about it. Nowadays the argument has leveled up to the point where questions are asked that whether you are a Messi fan or a supporter of Neymar. Well after today excellent win over Peru and on following Brazil’s entire Copa America 2021 campaign, we could declare them as clear favorites of winning this tournament and no one but Neymar agrees with it as he has quoted in his post-match press conference and he is eager to face their arch-rivals Argentina in Saturday’s Copa America 2021 final.

“I want Argentina in the final,” Neymar said after the match. “I am cheering for them because I have many friends there. In the final, Brazil will win.”

Argentina will face Columbia in the other round of the semis clash on Wednesday at 06:30 am (IST).

Neymar had been the one of who made the difference for his team in the bumpy pitch of the Nilton Santos Stadium, Rio de Janeiro. The solitary goal of the match had come at the 35th minute when Neymar turned his way from two players with a neat flick and spotted Lucas Paqueta in the space as Paqueta hammered his effort way past Gallese and at the back of the net.

Lucas Paqueta celebrates his goal

Neymar sang praises for his teammate as he went on to claim that there is more to come-

“Paqueta is a great player, he’s getting better with each game,” he added. “He had a great season with his club and here he is showing that he can be a very important player for Brazil.”

The Peruvian custodian Pedro Gallese had been extraordinary at his position as he made two difficult saves from point-blank range one was by Neymar and another one by Richarlison which could have proved to be the match-winning goals and could have sealed the deal for the Selecao’s much sooner. Although, Peru did not make the job easy for Brazil, that soon as the match commenced with the visiting side defending deep and not allowing Neymar to break into the box from the left flank. Tite’s men on the other hand had proved to be as resilient as ever. They had found the way to pave their way into the Peruvian defensive third and crumbled it apart. The first half ended with the hosts leading by 1-0.

The second half had been contrasting to what Peru showed in the previous half. Gianluca Lapadula had forced the Brazilian goalkeeper, Ederson Moraes to make a crucial save in the 49th minute from a through ball by Yotun. Lapadula along with Garcia and Cueva had continued to manufacture threats for the hosts and it was neutralized time and again by Marquinhos and Ederson. Brazil had missed some opportunities in the counter-attack especially at the dying embers of the fixture.

“Today we were solid at the back, everyone helped, that’s what we need to win titles,” said the Los Blancos midfielder and Brazilian international, Casemiro.

The Selecao that we enjoy watching now is very much different from the kind of play we had witnessed since childhood where Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Robinho, Rivaldo, and the others charmed us with their dribbling and individual brilliance. Tite’s appointment as the manager had completely transformed the mentality and the attitude of the squad in general and it pulled out the entire team altogether and cultivated the habit of finding the solution against the obstacles that they face when they are on the pitch. This Brazil side can undoubtedly stand tall to any kind of challenge that comes their way and it has been evident from their comebacks and stellar performances with 12 game unbeaten run.

We can although still see individual inventiveness on the pitch coming from players like Neymar and Lucas Paqueta when they leave the opponents confused with their mind-boggling talent and skills and produces Rabonas; nutmegs and humiliates them and scores goals or provides assists with their no-look passes. In the generation of the powerplay and tactical games watching Brazil is like a breath of fresh air with artistic touches and freedom of expression.

Team News:

Brazil(4-2-3-1): Ederson; Danilo, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Renan Lodi; Fred, Casemiro; Everton, Lucas Paqueta, Richarlison; Neymar

Peru(3-5-1-1): Pedro Gallese; Callens, Ramos, Santamaria; Corzo, Sergio Pena, Renato Tapia, Yotun, Miguel Trauco; Christian Cueva; Gianluca Lapadula

Man of the Match: Neymar.

Neymar with the Man of the Match award