But Jesus' evening took a turn for the worse with 20 minutes remaining when he was sent off for a second bookable offence following a challenge on Carlos Zambrano, having been booked before the break for a foul on Yoshimar Yotun. 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.
Clearly desperate for half-time, they suffered a lapse in concentration and allowed Brazil to retake the lead immediately and sacrifice a massive opportunity in this game. But Brazil need to get their defensive act right as the La Albiceleste were often able to penetrate their defence and go for goal.
The goal was the first Brazil had conceded in six games since the Copa America began but it did not shake their confidence and they retook the lead moments later after a well-worked move from midfield.
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"Mentally we wanted to play the final without dealing first with this step and Peru surprised us".
Brazil is considered the overwhelming favorite, but Peru doesn't think of it that way. Peru have eliminated both Uruguay and Chile from this tournament. Though they were the less dominant team in the match they were effective in finding the back of the net whereas Argentina wasted many chances and were twice prevented by the crossbar.
"If Brazil want to call themselves favourites then they can call themselves favourites, but on the field we do not think about that".
Captain Guerrero said the performance against the 2015 and 2016 Copa America champions showed what his side were capable of.
While the hosts are chasing their ninth Copa title and first since 2007, Peru won in 1939 and 1975.