Football players from Brazil and Peru became the first pair of teams in the semi-finals of the Copa America after they eliminated Chile and Paraguay respectively in the quarter-finals. Brazil beat Chile 1-0, and Peru defeated Paraguay 4:3 in the penalty shootout.
Brazil celebrated at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Stadium, although they had fewer players in the 48th minute, as Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus received a red card for a foul. The only goal was a goal scored by Lyon midfielder Lucas Paqueta replacing Robert Firmino in the half, and he scored in the first minute of the second half.
The match between Peru and Paraguay was played at the Pedro Ludovico Stadium in Goiânia. After 90 minutes, the score was 3:3. Paraguay relied on the Argentine youth forward Gabriel Avalos in the last minute of the match. The ball equalized the score. Then came the penalty shootout. After five consecutive penalty kicks, the score was 3:3. Then in the sixth series against Peru, Miguel Traucco scored and the Paraguayan Alberto Espinola shot. Defended by the Peruvian goalkeeper.
The semi-finals between Brazil and Peru are scheduled to be held at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro (1 hour Croatia time) on Tuesday, July 6.
According to Croatian time, the second pair of semi-finals will be announced after the quarter-finals in the early hours of Sunday morning, where Uruguay-Colombia and Argentina-Ecuador will meet.