Brazil advances to the Copa America semi-finals thanks to Lucas Paqueta, but Gabriel Jesus is sent off for a dangerous kick on Eugenio Mena; Peru win Paraguay on penalties after a 3-3 draw and will face Brazil in the final four on Monday.
Brazil beat Chile 1-0 in a thrilling Copa America matchup despite losing Gabriel Jesus to a red card, while Peru beat Paraguay on penalties after a 3-3 draw.
On July 5, the host nation will face Peru in the semi-finals in Rio de Janeiro’s Nilton Santos stadium.
On Saturday, Argentina will face Ecuador and Uruguay will face Colombia in the other quarter-finals.
The match between the last two Copa America champions on Friday was closer than their pre-match form predicted.
Brazil was undefeated in 11 games and won Group B, whilst Chile ended fourth in Group A and drew four of their last six 1-1 matches.
After a goalless first 45 minutes, substitute Lucas Paqueta fashioned a messy one-two with Neymar and then held off Gary Medel to score from close range seconds after the break.
However, less than two minutes later, the situation had altered. After Gabriel Jesus was issued a straight red for a brutal kung-fu strike that sent Eugenio Mena falling, Brazil was reduced to ten men.
Gabriel Jesus was sent off for Brazil for a kung-fu kick – but they still went on to beat Chile 1-0 in the quarter-finalsv
Brazil is used to being put under pressure, particularly at home, but Chile put them on the back foot for much of the second half as they flooded forward in search of an equalizer.
Ben Brereton, the English-born striker who came on at halftime to replace Alexis Sanchez, looped a header over the bar, and Ederson made at least two solid saves.
The Chileans, who had won in 2015 and 2016, were unable to score and were eliminated.
Peru defeated Paraguay 4-3 on penalties in the most exciting encounter of the tournament thus far.
After a hard-fought battle that saw key players from both teams receive red cards and two goals from Peru’s Italian-born Gianluca Lapadula, the game ended 3-3.
After Peruvian goalkeeper Pedro Gallese denied Alberto Espinola in the shootout, the deciding time arrived. The 2019 Copa America runners-up then converted their penalty kick to put them back in contention.
Paraguay’s Daniel Martinez and Braian Samudio were also absent. Antony Silva of Paraguay kept Santiago Ormeo and Christian Cueva out.
Peru’s players celebrate after their Copa America quarter-final win over Paraguay
Gustavo Gomez fired into an empty net from a corner in the 11th minute to give Paraguay the lead.
Lapadula scored his first goal of the game from close range in the 21st minute, assisted by former Watford loanee Andre Carrillo.
After Paraguayan defenders had stopped to complain about a foul, he added another in the 40th minute with a cross-cum-shot from the left wing.
Peru looked poised to progress after taking the lead, and Paraguayan defender Gomez was sent off for a second yellow card in added time.
Paraguay, on the other hand, got off to a strong start in the second half and continued to put pressure on Peru. Junior Alonso equalized in the 54th minute as he sent the ball past Gallese from another corner.
After a ball rebounded off a Paraguayan defender, Peru’s Yoshimar Yotun frustrated their attempts with a goal from the edge of the box 10 minutes from time – but there were still more twists to come.
Five minutes later, Peruvian striker Andre Carrillo was also given his second yellow, bringing the score to 10-vs-10.
Paraguay, now putting everything at Peru, scored a late close-range goal from substitute Gabriel Avalos, who had only been on for eight minutes, to equalize the game and force a penalty shootout.