Brazil had to strive to beat Chile with the slightest difference

Brazil went to the semifinals of the Copa América tonight by beating Chile 1-0, with great effort, in a match played in Rio de Janeiro.

The local victory was due to the definition of Lucas Paquetá at the minute of play of the second half. Brazil, which will face Peru in the semifinals, suffered the expulsion of Gabriel Jesús (3m ST).

The start of the throw had the selected host taking over the circulation of the ball with the intention of seeking the advantage quickly.

However, the Chilean representative, well planted in the background with five men in defense, endured the attack and gradually began to press high to control the opponent’s exit, thus balancing the game.

Thus, around the intense actions, it was the trans-Andean players who generated the first concern in the match, with a shot from Erick Pulgar from outside the area demanding the intervention of goalkeeper Emerson (9m).

Later, it was Brazil who arrived in danger due to a maneuver led by Neymar sending a cross, from the left, for the entrance through the center of Roberto Firmino, who before the departure of Claudio Bravo, could not control the ball well, finishing in form deviated (22m).

When the locals began to have a slight predominance over their opponents, the pressure of Eduardo Vargas on the departure of Renan Lodi paid off when he took the ball from him and started a quick escape from the right, which culminated in a violent and crossed shot against him. that Emerson had to make an effort to avoid the fall of his fence, with a deflection to the corner (27m).

Within a balanced game, with few dangerous arrivals, Brazil had the clearest situation near the end of the first half due to an assist from Neymar between the lines for Gabriel Jesús, who with effort got rid of his mark and finished off with a left foot, making it look Claudio Bravo, who with a slap deflected the send to the corner over the crossbar (43m).

Those led by Martín Lasarte, with order and concentration, knew how to make those of Tité uncomfortable, supposedly the most powerful, because they cut Neymar the playing circuit with his advanced companions, leaving him without an explosion in attack due to lack of speed and ideas.

The local coach understood what his team needed for a deeper attack, so he replaced Firmino with Lucas Paquetá for the complementary one and it worked for him.

In the first collective maneuver culminated with a double wall between Neymar, with a block in between, and the newly entered allowed entry to the opponent’s area of ​​Paquetá to overcome Bravo’s resistance (1m) and score his first goal in the tournament.

Although that joy did not last long for Brazil, because shortly after he was left with one less player due to the expulsion of Gabriel Jesús as a result of a disqualifying shot on the chin of the left side of Racing Eugenio Mena, who was able to recover happily when he feared for a serious injury (3m).

That made Chile undaunted, on the contrary it tried to take advantage of its numerical superiority to seek equality, so the actions continued with intensity and back and forth responses.

Thus Neymar, the top local figure, had a good chance to increase in a one-on-one with Bravo, in which the Real Betis goalkeeper from Spain was the winner by blocking the shot.

Then the trans-Andean team arrived with a header from the admitted Ben Brerenton -for the injured Alexis Sánchez-, who crashed on the crossbar.

In a constant struggle the result was open until the end, the Brazilian team achieving success with a lot of effort, although with justice because it knew how to hit at the right time and then had the ability to hold the advantage with one man less.

Chile finally fell with nobility and having improved its performance with respect to its previous presentations, for which it had it to mistreat the ‘powerful’ of the competition, which Peru awaits in the next instance.

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