Our prediction for this Copa America match:
After surviving Chile in the quarter-finals, Brazil will look to move one step closer to winning their 10th Copa America trophy when they take on Peru at Estadio Olimpico Nilton Santos on Tuesday morning. Brazil are enjoying a very successful tournament, but they can’t afford any complacency in the semi-final clash. Man City attacker Gabriel Jesus is banned for the match, while defender Felipe is out of contention through injury.
Paqueta, who scored the winner against La Roja, is pushing for a start. The Peruvians, on the other hand, set up a meeting with Brazil by beating Paraguay on penalties. La Blanquirroja will be without suspended attacker Andre Carrillo in Tuesday’s clash, and given Brazil’s attacking potential, we do not believe that the underdogs are capable of shocking the Selecao in Rio de Janeiro. When the two teams met in the group stages earlier in the process Brazil rolled over Peru 4-0.
Highlighted Player (Neymar):
Neymar is a Brazilian football superstar who plays for PSG as a winger. The pacey footballer, who is capable of playing as a centre forward as well, is well known his creativity, passing and finishing. Neymar was born in Mogi das Cruzes on 5 February, 1992 and he began his senior career at Santos. After scoring 54 goals in 103 appearances for the Brazilian outfit, he joined Barcelona in 2013.
The Brazilian ace signed a five-year deal with the Catalan outfit and he has been playing for the La Liga giants ever since. Neymar the 2014/2015 Champions League trophy with Barcelona and that is considered his biggest success. It has to be noted that he clinched the FIFA Club World Cup trophy with Barca as well.
Speaking of his international career, the Barcelona star made his Brazil debut on 10 August, 2010 against USA and it has to be noted that he scored on his debut. In 2013 he won FIFA Confederations Cup with the Brazilian national team. Neymar was born on 5 February, 1992.
Highlighted Team (Peru):
Peru national team has been competing at the international stage since 1927 when they played their first ever match against Uruguay. Over the course of their history, La Blanquirroja have formed long-standing rivalries with Chile and Ecuador while 1970s brought the team a worldwide recognition during the period that is to this date considered the most successful in Peruvian football.
Teofilo Cubillas, the team’s top scorer with 26 goals to his name is considered Peru’s greatest player helped the team qualify for three World Cups and win the Copa America in 1975. Peru are the two-time champion of the tournament, who came close to lifting the Copa America trophy again in recent years, finishing third in 2011 and 2015 respectively.
La Blanquirroja are managed by Ricardo Gareca commonly referred to as the Tiger who will lead his team to 2016 Copa America Centenario looking to win Peru its first trophy at a major tournament since 1982.