Despite playing nearly the whole half with 10 men, defending Copa America champions Brazil came out on top against Chile.
In the first half of the quarter-final, Brazil produced more chances than Chile, but both teams were tied at 0-0 at halftime.
Tite’s team came alive in the second half, with Lucas Paqueta combining effectively with Neymar to put his team ahead.
Brazil appeared to be on the rise, but Gabriel Jesus was sent off just two minutes later for a heavy tackle on Chile’s Eugenio Mena. Despite the fact that it appeared to be an accident, the severity of the challenge may have deserved a red card.
Chile created several openings, but the Brazilian defense, with Ederson in goal, stood strong and saw out the game to make it to the semi-finals.
After the game, Thiago Silva said that the team defended well and he was proud of the effort.
“Defending well is a characteristic of ours,” Brazil’s Thiago Silva said.
“Regardless of what we did today we concede few goals. Ever down to 10 we created clear opportunities. I am very proud of this team, for its fighting spirit.”
Teammate Neymar also echoed Silva’s thoughts and said:
“Every match we need to get some tests to make us stronger, show we can do it in every circumstance. We had to stand together. It was very hard to do it.”
Arturo Vidal says Chile can be proud of their effort despite losing to Brazil
Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal said after the game that the performance against Brazil restored some of the pride.
“We lost to a great team, a favorite which is playing at home,” he said.
“If we play like we played today, with some more time to work, this team will clearly have its intensity back. We hope to qualify for the World Cup. It will be hard, but we can.”
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Brazil will face Peru in the Copa America semi-finals. Argentina will face Ecuador while Colombia will take on Uruguay later tonight to decide the two other semi-finalists.