Brazil will face Peru in the first semifinal of the 2021 Copa América, in what looks like a classic battle between a favorite and a loser on Monday at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
🙌⚽️ WE HAVE TWO SEMIFINALISTS!
– Copa América (@CopaAmerica) July 3, 2021
La Selecao comes to this game after being undefeated in their five games and keeping three clean sheets. The run to the knockout phase has been very impressive, with two resounding victories in their first two group stage matches: the first was a 3-0 win over Venezuela and the other was a 4-0 win over Peru.
They then recorded a third 2-1 victory, albeit in controversial circumstances, over Colombia and culminated the group stage with a 1-1 draw against Ecuador. They continued this run into the quarter-finals as well, as they posted a close 1-0 win over Chile as they were with one man short for nearly half the game after Gabriel Jesús was sent off in 48.th minute.
– CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) July 3, 2021
In the last eleven games Brazil played in 2020 and 2021, they have been undefeated in all of them and kept a clean sheet in eight of those games and will expect to stay the same on Monday.
On the other hand, Peru has been a surprise package in this edition of the Copa América and has exceeded its weights to reach the semifinals. Their campaign began with a 4-0 beating at the hands of Brazil, but since then they have remained undefeated, defeating teams such as Colombia and Venezuela, and maintaining their strength against Ecuador in the group stage.
ONE SEMIS! 🔴⚪️🔴
– Peruvian Selection 🇵🇪 (@SeleccionPeru) July 2, 2021
In the quarterfinals against Paraguay, unfortunately, they conceded in injury time in the first 90 minutes that sent the game into extra time and then to penalties. Peru was able to contain its nerves in the penalty shoot-out by winning 4-3 on penalties.
In the previous match between these two teams in the group stage, Brazil recorded a 4-0 victory, with goals from Alex Sandro, Neymar, Everton Ribeiro and Richarlison that made the difference and Tite will hope that his men continue their pride in the semifinal. -finals.
Apart from Felipe, from Atlético de Madrid, who is out of the tournament After twisting his knee, everything is good news for the Brazilian as there are no new injury problems. However, Gabriel Jesús is ready to watch the game from the stands due to a penalty he received after being sent off in the quarterfinals against Chile.
Gabriel Jesús will miss the semifinal against Peru after receiving a red card in the quarterfinals against Chile. (Image courtesy: Al Jazeera / Website)
The coach changed from his usual 4-3-3 and went on to configure a 4-2-3-1 that had worked perfectly and will remain the same for the semifinal.
Brazil likely exit lineup: Alisson; Danilo, Marquinhos, Silva, Sandro; Casemiro, Fred; Paqueta, Firmino, Richarlison; Everton Soares
Ricardo Gareca and Peru will be happy for Christian Ramos to return to the squad after serving his one-match suspension, but there are doubts about the physical condition of Alexander Callens, who had suffered a thigh injury in his match against Ecuador. He has returned to training, but may not appear from the beginning.
Additionally, forward Andre Carrillo will miss the game due to a one-game suspension after being sent off in the quarterfinals against Paraguay.
Peru will enter the quarterfinals against Brazil without star winger Andre Carrillo, who received a red card in the quarterfinals against Paraguay. (Image courtesy: Andre Carrillo / Instagram)
Gareca is likely to go ahead with his proven 4-2-3-1, as any experiment at this stage in the season could prove disastrous.
Peru’s likely departure lineup: Gallese; Corzo, Ramos, Santamaría, Trauco; Tapia, Yotun; Ormeno, Pena, Cave; Lapadula
As seen in previous matches, most of the Brazilian attacks have to go through Neymar, and that’s no surprise. Paris Saint-Germain striker is one of the best players in the world and can break open defense to Will with his silky footwork and scoring ability.
Tite will wait for Neymar to continue his scoring form, while also waiting for the continued support offered by his fellow attackers.
For Peru, most of the goals depend on Gianluca Lapadula. The Benevento man was chosen by Gareca for the Copa América ahead of veteran Paolo Guerrero and has repaid his coach’s faith by serving his national team at key moments. The Italian-born forward has accumulated two goals and an assist in the tournament and will want to repeat the same form against Brazil on Monday.
Aside from Lapadula, Gareca will also expect wingers Christian Cueva and Sergio Peña to step up in the absence of Andre Carrillo and help Peru reach the final with a victory.
Both on paper and in form, Brazil will surely have the upper hand heading into the game against Colombia as they look to bet on their excellent form and the fickle talent at Tite’s disposal.
Although Peru is more than capable of making it difficult for them either side, the Selecao can dismantle sides at ease and will want their offensive superstars to finish it off early, therefore, FootTheBall says, Brazil 2-0 Peru.