Brazil vs. Peru: Score, Reaction from 2016 Copa America

Danny Webster@@DannyWebster21Analyst III

Peru's Raul Ruidiaz (2-R) celebrates after scoring against Brazil during their Copa America Centenario football tournament match in Foxborough, Massachusetts, United States, on June 12, 2016.  / AFP / Timothy A. CLARY        (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

A controversial goal late in the second half sent Peru to the quarterfinals of the Copa America with a 1-0 victory over Brazil at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, on Sunday.

In the 75th minute, Raul Ruidiaz scored the lone goal of the match to give Peru the lead.

Replays showed, however, that Ruidiaz got away with a handball that the referees missed, via Univision Deportes:

Univision Deportes @UnivisionSports

#BRAvPER: GOL. Polémico gol de @TuFPF al 78'. Mira la jugada. #CopaAmerica #UDCentenario https://t.co/TcnxeBB5YT

NBC Sports' Raphielle Johnson, The Cauldron's Andy Glockner and Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch reacted to the controversial goal:

Raphielle Johnson @raphiellej

Brazil was jerked on that one. Wow. #CopaAmerica

Linguistic Quirks @AndyGlockner

Goal stands. What a mess. And an obvious handball.

Richard Deitsch @richarddeitsch

Serious lunacy in the Brazil-Peru game. Peru leads 1-0 late on a disputed goal.

Because of the goal, Peru won Group B with seven points. Ecuador advanced earlier in the day by defeating Haiti and finishing with five points. Brazil's tournament run ended with four.

ESPN FC tweeted this after the match:


FULL-TIME! A shock and controversial 1-0 win for Peru sends Brazil packing from the Copa America.

Thanks to its 4-0 win over Haiti earlier in the day, Ecuador was the first team from Group B to clinch a spot in the quarterfinals. The scenario between Brazil and Peru was simple: Peru needed to win, and Brazil needed a draw or win to advance.

It was such a big-time match that New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft took in the game, per the Gillette Stadium Twitter account:

Gillette Stadium @GilletteStadium

Robert Kraft greeting fans before tonight's Brazil vs. Peru @CA2016 match. #CopaAmerica https://t.co/SUxIgiSW1P

Before the matchup, the odds were significantly in favor of the Brazilians, per Paul Carr of ESPN.com:

Paul Carr @PaulCarrTM

Soccer Power Index projection for Brazil-Peru: https://t.co/wXmZtQ4FjM

Through the first 30 minutes of the match, Brazil dictated the pace. Peru did not record any shots, while Brazil had 67 percent of the possession. But La Selecao had issues with the whistle. Brazil was called for seven fouls in the first half, but its defense was stout enough to keep Peru away from the net.

Brazil had three shots on goal, five total, after the first 45 minutes. One of those attempts came from Willian in the 35th minute, but the ball sailed well over the goal, via Univision Deportes:

Univision Deportes @UnivisionSports

#BRAvPER: 35'. Willian estuvo cerca de hacer el primero para Brasil. #UDCentenario #CopaAmerica https://t.co/FX62oqhqjt

Brazil's aggressive attack paid off with seven corner kicks in the first half, but nothing came from them.

Peru got its first chance to score early in the second half. Christian Cueva fired a free kick from the right side, but Alisson Becker made the stop in the 49th minute to preserve the deadlock, via Univision Deportes:

Univision Deportes @UnivisionSports

#BRAvPER: Tiro libre de @TuFPF que cobra Cueva pero Alisson alcanza a desviar. #CopaAmerica #UDCentenario https://t.co/YbVtn7Wdhm

Cueva had another free-kick opportunity in the 54th minute, this time from the left, but the ball sailed over the goal, as Univision Deportes showed:

Univision Deportes @UnivisionSports

#BRAvPER: 54'. Perú la volvió a tener cerca de tiro libre. #UDCentenario #Copa100 #CopaAmerica https://t.co/nM6ESVc7pi

Those two chances showed Peru had life against a Neymar-less Brazil squad. Finally, in the 75th minute, Peru got on the board thanks to Ruidiaz's controversial goal.

Brazil seemingly dominated a majority of the game, but it looked as though it was playing not to lose in the second half. Peru turned up the attack early and often, and it eventually paid off.

This is a major blow to Brazil. The powerhouse's elimination in the group stage is one of the biggest soccer surprises this year. Peru, on the other hand, made the necessary adjustments that controversially sent it to the quarterfinals, where it will face Colombia on Friday.

Post-Match Reaction

ESPN FC provided Brazil manager Dunga's translated comments following the loss:

Everyone saw what happened today. There's nothing to do. If you do not have images, all work can be [thrown] off. We cannot change what everyone saw. The imponderable, there's nothing we can do.

It was a very disputed game. We dominated the first half, while in the second half, at the end, what happened is independent of the coach and the players. ...

My question is, despite all the technology, we still make mistakes. The refs consulted. They were talking to somewhere else when they should be talking to each other. I don't understand why they had to be on the headset to consult. This is very strange.

Dunga also commented on possibly being fired as Brazil's manager: "The only thing I fear is death, I don't fear the rest. After the 2014 World Cup we had a remaking, we praised Germany for the years of work, and in Brazil, we want to solve all the problems in an easy way."


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