Copa America Final 2019 : Where to Watch Brazil vs. Peru, Live Stream, When Brazil and Peru met two weeks ago, not even the bravest of bettors would have gambled on them crossing paths again in the Copa America final.
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Following a 5-0 rout in the final game of Group A, Brazil marched onto the quarterfinals while Peru was left relying on other results going its way. Going its way they did and despite winning just one game, Los Incas qualified for the quarterfinals as the best of the third-ranked teams.
To say Peru made the most of its lifeline would be an understatement. Ricardo Gareca’s men eliminated Uruguay on penalties in the quarterfinals, before ending Chile’s hopes of a third continental crown in a row on Wednesday night with an impressive 3-0 win.
While Peru is chasing history, Brazil’s approach to the final will be a lot more prosaic. Aside from the Confederations Cup in 2009 and 2013 the Selecao has not won a major trophy in 12 years and anything but a win on Sunday would spark nationwide inquest over the state of the national team.
In Peru, meanwhile, it’s very much the morning after the night before, with parties continuing long after La Blanquirroja had defeated Chile 3-0 to seal a place in the Copa America final against the hosts on Sunday.
Nobby Solano, Peru’s assistant coach, understandably sounds like he lived and breathed every minute of his country’s stunning triumph from the bench as Ricardo Gareca’s side denied their near neighbours a stab at a third successive Copa America title.
Belatedly, he acknowledged that Brazil needed to play more expansive football and his 4-1-4-1 formation was imbued with more progressive ideas. Tite, his successor, retained that system and all of a sudden Brazil and a young Gabriel Jesus were flying. They experienced little problems qualifying for the World Cup in Russia. Tite simply was a King Midas.
In the Copa America final, Brazil and Peru meet in a very different context. On the back of a 2-0 victory over South American rivals Argentina in the semi-finals in midweek, Brazil should be on a high. Except, they are not. Brazil conceded that there was an element of fortune to victory. At a white-hot, bouncing Mineirao, VAR could well have awarded a penalty to Argentina. Above all, Brazil didn’t sweep their opponents aside with the swashbuckling style of a 2016 3-0 victory.
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It underwrote Tite’s year-long struggle to find the right balance after the World Cup. More tellingly, the tense victory also exposed him as a Gaucho coach, who is arguably not as conservative as his predecessors Luiz Felipe Scolari and Dunga, but still a product of his environment. Tite’s mantra is simple: you have to deserve victory,