Raul Ruidiaz’s 75th minute goal was allowed after a lengthy delay for officials to confer, and Peru held on to shock Brazil 1-0 in the Group B finale for both teams. Brazil, which had reached the tournament quarterfinals in every Copa America since 1993, was eliminated from Copa America Centenario with the loss, though they only needed a draw to advance. They even had the second big goal difference + 5, scoring 7 goals and allowing only 2. It was not enough for coach Dunga, who will certainly will have a lot to explain right on the way to Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games and continuing at the end of the year in the Road to Russia 2018 FIFA Soccer World Cup.
The 52-year-old manager assumed the reigns of Brazil’s national team for the second time following Luiz Felipe Scolari’s disastrous 2014 World Cup, which was played on home soil. Dunga had previously been in charge of the five-time world champions from 2006-10.
Since taking over the Selecao for his second spell, the 1994 World Cup winner has steered the squad to a disappointing quarterfinal exit to Paraguay in last summer’s Copa America in Chile and has endured criticism for a slow start to their World Cup qualifying campaign. But some of his former teammates support him: “Dunga is doing well. The goal is clear — the 2018 FIFA World Cup. So I think, even losing at the Copa America Centenario, Dunga will continue.”
Instead, Peru won Group B with seven points from their three matches and Ecuador ended up in second place after their 4-0 win against Haiti earlier on Sunday. When Ecuador trounced Haiti, it meant that the Brazil-Peru match was for first place in Group B. And the intensity was high as Brazil consistently attacked on offense.
Peru goalkeeper Pedro Gallese began his Man of the Match performance by stopping a Filipe Luis shot in the 12th minute. Then in the 26th minute, Gallese got his fingers on a ball heading for the left corner to keep Gabriel’s shot out of the net.
A 36th minute cross to Willian resulted in his shot going over the goal; meanwhile Peru had only one quality run into the Brazil box in the first half, on which La Blanquirroja wanted a penalty, but the cries fell on deaf ears.
Christian Cueva’s free kick cleared Brazil’s defensive wall but was saved by goalkeeper Alisson in the 48th minute. Philippe Countinho’s 62nd minute shot on goal was blocked by a Peru defender.
The game’s decisive moment came in the 75th minute, when Andy Polo’s cross was turned into the net by Ruidiaz. Brazil’s players protested, but the disputed goal stood.
La Selecao Verde-Amarelha tried desperately for the equalizer, but their best hope, a tap by Elias in the 93rd minute, was saved by Gallese.
Peru is into the Quarterfinals, where they will face Colombia on Friday in East Rutherford, N.J. in a match with a difficult
Por: Juan Carlos Cordero, editor-in-chief UNO International News Service