Brazil advanced to the Copa America 2019 final with a 2-0 win over arch-rivals Argentina in Belo Horizonte thanks to a goal in each half from Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino. Brazil will face either Chile or Peru in Sunday’s final at the Maracanã stadium and will be looking to secure their 10th South American title.
Casemiro played the entire game and put in a solid performance in midfield. Militão however, did not feature.
Gabriel Jesus gave Brazil the lead in the 19th minute, slotting home a low cross by Firmino. Argentina almost levelled on the half hour mark when Sergio Agüero hit the bar with a header from Lionel Messi’s free-kick, in what was an evenly balanced first 45 minutes.
Argentina pushed Brazil back at the start of the second half and had chances to score through Lautaro Martinez and Rodrigo de Paul, before Messi rattled the left post after a blocked shot had fallen into his path.
Just as Argentina looked capable of finding a way back into the game, Brazil struck again and doubled their lead. Gabriel Jesus got away from two defenders on the break, and returned the favour to Firmino, teeing up the unmarked striker for the simplest of finishes with 71 minutes played.
Brazil still hasn’t conceded at the tournament, beating Bolivia 3-0 in the opening match, followed by a 0-0 draw with Venezuela and a convincing 5-0 victory over Peru to draw a close to the group stages. Their quest for glory on home soil continued with 0-0 result against Paraguay (winning 4-3 on penalties) in the quarter-finals, and beating the aforementioned Argentina 2-0 last night in the semi-finals.
The Seleção will find out their opponents for the final on Thursday (2:30 AM CEST), when the reigning champions Chile will go head to head against Peru for the other spot in Sunday’s eagerly awaited final.