Brazil’s striker Gabriel Jesus was sent off in their Copa America quarter-final against Chile, but they held on for a 1-0 victory to advance to the semi-finals against Peru.
Brazil took the lead in the second half thanks to Lucas Paqueta, but Manchester City’s Jesus was sent off two minutes later for a high challenge on Eugenio Mena.
Chile piled on the pressure, but the only time they came close to equalizing was when Ben Brereton’s header hit the crossbar.
Peru advanced after defeating Paraguay 4-3 on penalties following a 3-3 tie. Brazil will now face Peru in a rematch of the 2019 final, which the former won 3-1.
Brazil forward Neymar after the win against Chile said, “Jesus was just bad luck. He had his eye on the ball, not on the man, and unfortunately, he was sent off.
“Every day that goes by we have tests to make us stronger, to prove that we can play under all kinds of circumstances.
“Chile are a good team, they have great players and it is very difficult with a man less. Everyone deserves praise – the defence, the midfield, the forwards.
“We managed to withstand something that rarely happens to this team. It was a big test for us.”
Peru won an exciting game against Paraguay, who took the lead early on thanks to captain Gustavo Gomez.
However, two goals from Gianluca Lapadula put Peru ahead, and despite having Gomez sent off just before halftime, Paraguay equalized through Junior Alonso.
Yoshimar Yotun restored Peru’s lead, but after they were reduced to 10 men in the 84th minute when Andre Carillo was sent off, Gabriel Avalos scored a last-minute equalizer to send the game to penalties.
Three penalty kicks were missed by Paraguay before Miguel Trauco scored the game-winning penalty for Peru.