Brazil, Peru advance to Copa America semifinals Sat, 03 Jul 2021 08:00:00 +0100-Fred's resurgence at international level continued as Brazil reached the semi-finals of the Copa America against Peru in Rio de Janeiro.
Manchester United midfielder Fred completed 90 minutes as Brazil reached the Copa America semi-finals with a 1-0 win over Chile.
Lucas Paqueta settled the contest with a 46th minute winner but Brazil had to hold on after Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus was sent off just two minutes later for a dangerous foul.
Having not played for the national side since October 2018, Fred was recalled for the Copa America and two World Cup qualifiers against Ecuador and Paraguay.
Fred lined up in both qualifiers and then started in three of Brazil's four group games in the Copa. He only sat out the draw with Ecuador as Brazil had already qualified for the last eight.
Brazil coach Tite restored Fred to the starting XI against Chile alongside Casemiro of Real Madrid, with Liverpool enforcer Fabinho an unused substitute.
Premier League-based Jesus, Ederson, Thiago Silva, Roberto Firmino, and Richarlison also lined up for Brazil in Rio de Janeiro. Fred has now attained 17 caps and is likely to start against Peru in the last four on Tuesday.
Edinson Cavani is expected to start for Uruguay, who take on Colombia today before Argentina face Ecuador in the final quarter-final.
The Copa America final falls on July 11 and Fred is not expected to report back at United until next month.
Fred sends another message to Manchester United in Copa … Sat, 03 Jul 2021 08:00:00 +0100-Neymar and Brazil coach Tite said after the match that Jesus didn't see Mena and accidentally kicked him as he tried to recover possession in the midfield. Brazil …
Brazil and Peru on Friday advanced to the Copa America 2021 semifinals, where they will play each other Monday.
Defending Copa America champion Brazil defended strongly with 10 men to beat Chile 1-0. Substitute Lucas Paquetá scored the only goal of the match only seconds before Gabriel Jesus was sent off early in the second half.
Paquetá's winner to the left corner of Chilean goalkeeper Claudio Bravo in the 46th minute gave Brazil fans some hope that the Selecao would ease into the next stage. But only two minutes later Jesus was sent off after hitting Chile's Eugenio Mena with a flying kick.
Neymar and Brazil coach Tite said after the match that Jesus didn't see Mena and accidentally kicked him as he tried to recover possession in the midfield.
Brazil worked so hard defensively that Chile had fewer shots on goal after Jesus was sent off than during the time he played; two against three.
Paquetá came onto the pitch after a tense first half with few opportunities for both sides. He replaced Roberto Firmino.
Brazil didn't stop threatening Chile with Neymar's dribbles and quick counter-attacks. But Chile was much closer to the equalizer; it had an Eduardo Vargas goal disallowed for offside and English-Chilean Ben Brereton hit the bar with a header in the 68th minute.
Meanwhile, Peru advanced to the semifinal after beating Paraguay on penalties 4-3 following a 3-3 score in regular time, in the most thrilling Copa America match yet.
Miguel Trauco scored the decisive penalty for Peru in a shoot-out that echoed the drama match with two shots over the crossbar and three saves.
Peruvian keeper Pedro Gallese set the stage for Trauco with his diving save of Alberto Espinola's attempt.
Paraguay captain Gustavo Gomez had opened the scoring in the 11th minute, but Gianluca Lapadula scored in the 21st and 40th to give Peru the lead.
Paraguay's prospects looked bleak when Gomez was sent off moments before halftime, but Junior Alonso pulled his team level in the 54th minute.
Yoshimar Yotun's 80th-minute strike put Peru up 3-2, but after Andre Carillo was sent off in the 84th to reduce the Peruvians to 10 men Gabriel Avalos grabbed a last-minute equalizer to force the penalty shoot-out.
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