Massachusets | Raul Ruidiaz’s apparent handball goal in 75th minute was allowed after a lengthy delay for officials to confer, and Peru held on to shock Brazil 1-0 in the Group B finale for both teams. Brazil, which had reached the tournament quarterfinals in every Copa America since 1993, was eliminated from Copa America Centenario with the loss, though they only needed a draw to advance.
Instead, Peru won Group B with seven points from their three matches and Ecuador ended up in second place after their 4-0 win against Haiti earlier on Sunday.
When Ecuador trounced Haiti, it meant that the Brazil-Peru match was for first place in Group B. And the intensity was high as Brazil consistently attacked on offense.
Peru goalkeeper Pedro Gallese began his Man of the Match performance by stopping a Filipe Luis shot in the 12th minute. Then in the 26th minute, Gallese got his fingers on a ball heading for the left corner to keep Gabriel’s shot out of the net.
A 36th minute cross to Willian resulted in his shot going over the goal; meanwhile Peru had only one quality run into the Brazil box in the first half, on which La Blanquirroja wanted a penalty, but the cries fell on deaf ears.
Christian Cueva’s free kick cleared Brazil’s defensive wall but was saved by goalkeeper Alisson in the 48th minute. Philippe Countinho’s 62nd minute shot on goal was blocked by a Peru defender.
The game’s decisive moment came in the 75th minute, when Andy Polo’s cross was turned into the net by Ruidiaz. TV replays showed the ball touching his hand. Brazil’s players protested, but the disputed goal stood.
La Selecao tried desperately for the equalizer, but their best hope, a tap by Elias in the 93rd minute, was saved by Gallese.
Peru is into the Quarterfinals, where they will face Colombia on Friday in East Rutherford, N.J.
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