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Match Preview – Brazil vs Peru, Copa America Final

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Brazil will look to ensure a Copa America success on home soil when they host Peru in the final on Sunday.

The pressure has been on Brazil from the start of this Copa America, with many expecting a victory for Tite’s side in their own country.

They have done things the hard way, with several disappointing performances seeing them booed off at half time in their games.

Yet, they find themselves in the final nonetheless and will be confident of overcoming a Peru side who they will see as inferior.

Not that they should rest on their laurels against the surprise package of this tournament. Few would have predicted Peru would reach this stage of the Copa America, particularly after a 5-0 defeat to Brazil in the group stages.

However, luck was on their side to help them see off Uruguay on penalties before a highly efficient and impressive demolition of Chile in the semi-finals.

That game against the former holders showed there is more to this side than meets the eye and Brazil should be wary if they don’t want to end up as another Copa America surprise.

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Brazil will be without Willian after he picked up an injury in the semi-final victory over Argentina.

Richarlison and Fernandinho are both expected to miss out also, although those two are fitness doubts more than anything. Filipe Luis is also doubtful, and Alex Sandro could replace him as he has done for much of this Copa America.

Other than those three, Tite is unlikely to make any changes from the side that comfortably saw off Argentina in the semi.

Like Tite, Ricardo Gareca is unlikely to change his team given their impressive win over Chile in the Copa America semi-final.

One change he may be forced into is Jefferson Farfan, with the forward a doubt for this game. Edison Flores can replace him out wide.

Other than that, expect a similar line up to the one that defeated the reigning champions.

What the managers said

Brazil Press Conference & Training Session - Copa America Brazil 2019
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL – JUNE 21: Coach Tite of Brazil. (Photo by Alessandra Cabral/Getty Images)

For Brazil boss Tite, the focus was on the chance to compete at the Maracaña in the Copa America final.

“Now I will truly become the coach of the national team,” He said.

“Players always say that you only become a footballer if you played at the Maracanã. It’s the same thing for the coach.”

Peru v Brazil: Group A - Copa America Brazil 2019
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL – JUNE 22: Ricardo Gareca head coach of Peru. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

Peru boss Ricardo Gareca says his side deserve to be in the final and says his team have to find a way to beat Brazil.

“We’ve come through some tough moments in the Copa, and we deserve to be in the final,” he said.

“We managed to overcome the huge adversity that was this defeat to Brazil that was hastily judged and provoked a wave of harsh criticism.”

“I don’t know how to beat Brazil, I don’t have an answer for that right now, but I do know we have players who can find the answer. When you reach a final, you want to win it. That will be our mentality.”


Brazil have dominated the history between these two nations, winning 32 and losing just four of the past 46 meetings.

Three of Peru’s wins have come in the Copa America, though, with the last coming when they met in 2016.

In fact, that defeat of the Selecao three years ago saw the latter crashing out of the competition.

Brazil have won their last two meetings since then, scoring seven goals without reply.

In fact, before that defeat in 2016, they were unbeaten in their last 16 meetings with Peru in a run stretching back to 1985.