Published: Sun, July 07, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Brazil's Casemiro rules out Copa America final goal-fest

Brazil's Casemiro rules out Copa America final goal-fest

Peru defeated Chile 3-0 in the semi-finals of the ongoing Copa America on Wednesday (local time) and now they will face hosts Brazil in the finals.

It would cap a remarkable comeback for a team that barely survived the group stage but eventually eliminated favorite Uruguay in the quarterfinals and two-time defending champion Chile in the semifinals.

Peru reached the Copa America final for the first time in 36 years.

Edison Flores, Yoshimar Yotún and Paolo Guerrero scored a goal each to lead Peru to a 3-0 win and a spot in the final for the first time since 1975, when it last won the South American tournament.

The victory was Brazil's 31st in 44 meetings with Peru in all competitions and extended their record against them on home soil to 13 wins in 17.

Casemiro would love Brazil to thrash Peru again in Sunday's Copa America final - but admits it is nearly certain not to happen.

"It's a final, we don't expect a goal-fest", said Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro.

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Less than two weeks ago, Peru was being counted out by most.

He spent nearly 18 months overlooked by the Colombian before being recalled for the Copa America following 17 goals in 49 matches for his Mexican club side Tigres last season.

The team's comeback followed a resounding 5-0 loss to Brazil in the group stage, a result that left Peru on the verge of elimination.

"I don't know what factors could have influenced these first 20 minutes that made the difference", said the Colombian. When I say solid back, it's not just the defenders, everyone is committed.

And Casemiro, a victor of two trophies with the Brazil Under-20s but yet to find success with the senior team, is eager not to underestimate their opponents, who defeated Chile 3-0 in the last four. "The team which makes the fewest mistakes will be champions". There are a lot of people not showing respect for Peru right now. He refused to accept the third-place medal by not even coming back out of the locker room, he said the tournament was corrupt and added that he believes the tournament was set up for Brazil to win.

But after riding their luck - and being saved by VAR three times - to beat Uruguay on penalties in the quarter-final, they were a completely rejuvenated outfit in Porto Alegre.

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