Sunday, June 12, 2016

Copa America Centenario Day 10: Peru knocks out Brazil with controversial winner

Ecuador 4-0 Haiti
Ecuador may not have clobbered Haiti in quite the same way that Brazil did. Unfortunately, they needed to do just that in order to win group B. Enner Valencia's 11th minute opener and Jaime Ayovi's second in the 20th had them up by a pair at half time. They added two more through Christian Noboa in the 57th and Antonio Valencia in the 78th. Ecuador needed to win by seven goals in order to overtake Brazil in goal difference and win the group. Brazil would have had to lose to Peru too so...

Brazil 0-1 Peru
Brazil would either get a point or more and win Group B or lose and drop out entirely. A date with the United Sates would not be possible as Ecuador would end up in second place regardless of this result. Brazil would fail in this mission thanks to England levels of bad luck. The Selecao would rule the run of play and pick up many a chance to go in front. All of these would come back to haunt them as Peru would go in front in the 75th minute thanks to a goal that ranks up there on the list of most controversial winners we have ever seen, On a Peruvian counter attack, Andy Polo sent a cross in towards Raul Ruidiaz in the six yard box. Ruidiaz knocked the ball home, but Brazil's defense was screaming in protest for a handball. They had a great case for it too. Replays showed the ball clearly striking Ruidiaz's arm on it's way into the net. After a lengthy discussion with his assistant, the referee allowed the goal and Peru went on to win because of it. Brazil, who were weakened by injuries and a focus on the Olympics heading into the tournament, are now eliminated from Copa America and Peru are victors in Group B.

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