Saturday 10 December 2016

Brazil dumped out of Copa America by lowly Peru for earliest exit since 1987

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Published 13/06/2016 | 07:31

FOXBORO, MA - JUNE 12: Elias #8 of Brazil reacts after Pedro Gallese #1 of Peru made a save on his shot in the closing moments in the second half during the 2016 Copa America Centenario Group B match against Brazil at Gillette Stadium on June 12, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. Brazil lost the match, 1-0. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - JUNE 12: Elias #8 of Brazil reacts after Pedro Gallese #1 of Peru made a save on his shot in the closing moments in the second half during the 2016 Copa America Centenario Group B match against Brazil at Gillette Stadium on June 12, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. Brazil lost the match, 1-0. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Brazil were controversially eliminated from the Copa America after suffering a 1-0 Group B defeat to Peru in Foxborough.

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Raul Ruidiaz scored the winning goal 15 minutes from time but appeared to turn the ball into the net with his hand and Brazil protests were waved away by referee Andres Cunha after a two-minute discussion with his linesman.

Peru's win saw them top the group to set up a quarter-final meeting with Colombia, while Brazil will go home after only finishing third in the group.

Philippe Coutinho and Willian stretched the Peru defence in the early stages with a series of neat touches and probing runs as Brazil started strongly.

Felipe Luis forced Pedro Gallese into an early save before the goalkeeper made a magnificent stop to turn away Gabriel's low drive.

Cunha then waved away a strong Brazilian appeal for a penalty when Christian Ramos clashed with Lucas Lima in the 23rd minute.

And at the other end he denied Peru's claims for a penalty of their own when Edison Flores went down under a challenge from Renato Augusto.

Man-of-the-match Gallese had to be on his toes again just before the break to turn away another effort from Gabriel.

Peru came more into the game after the interval and Alisson made a smart stop to turn away Christian Cueva's free-kick following a foul by Joao Miranda on Victor Yotun.

Coutinho continued to be a thorn in the side of Peru and saw one shot blocked before another attempt was well saved by Gallese.

But then came the killer blow for Peru, who were growing in confidence, in the 75th minute.

Andy Polo broke down the right wing and sent over a cross into Ruidiaz, who turned the ball into the net and TV replays appeared to show him using his hand to push the ball past Alisson.

Brazil remonstrated furiously with the official but after two minutes deliberation with his assistant referee he allowed the goal to stand.

It was a hammer blow to Brazil and despite six minutes of time added on they failed to seriously trouble Gallese again and Peru held on for their first victory over Brazil at the Copa America since 1975.

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