Peru stun Brazil
FOXBOROUGH, Massachusetts. (AP):
Peru's recent history against Brazil is marked by lots of losses and a few missed opportunities.
That changed in a big way Sunday night with the help from a fortunate non-call.
Peru stunned Brazil 1-0, eliminating the football power from Copa America on a late goal by Raul Ruidiaz that may have been a hand ball. It was Peru's first victory over the perennial power since 1985, and gave Peru the Group B title and a quarter final match against Colombia on Friday.
Dominated for most of the game, Peru's Andy Polo managed a takeaway and crossed to Ruidiaz in the box. He deflected the ball into the net, and Brazil keeper Alisson immediately complained the ball also made contact with Ruidiaz's hand. After a lengthy discussion by referees, the goal was allowed in the 75th minute.
"Perhaps Brazil at one point had the upper hand," Peru coach Ricardo Gareca said. "You have to be able to defend well. Peru did a good job of defending and when the time was right for us to attack we attacked."
Ruidiaz's goal came just about 10 minutes after he subbed in for Edison Flores.
Asked if he thought the goal should have been allowed, Gareca declined to offer an opinion saying he hadn't seen the replays.
"This is part of the margin of error that exist in every game," he said.
Peru had 10 losses and six draws against Brazil since 1985. Brazil were eliminated after reaching at least the quarter finals of every Copa America since 1993.