Peru coach Gareca praises players' response to Brazil thrashing

Peru coach Gareca praises players' response to Brazil thrashing

Wednesday will be Chile's 21 semifinal appearance, in the Copa America/South American Championship, and the back-to-back champions boast a awful 6-14 record in previous semifinals of this tournament.

Uruguay is the Copa America's most successful nation with 15 titles, one more than Argentina.

Chile's ageing players are like fine wine, coach Reinaldo Rueda said ahead of their Copa America semi-final against Peru this morning (Singapore time).

Brazil continued to dominate in the second half, with Philippe Coutinho pulling the strings from midfield to attack. If not for the 2013 Confederations Cup, a now-defunct tournament that nonetheless was treated significantly at the time, Brazil would have put together quite an arid decade overall.

The goal was the first Brazil had conceded in six games since the Copa America began but it did not shake their confidence and they retook the lead moments later after a well-worked move from midfield. If you sign up to a service by clicking one of the links, we may earn a referral fee. 'Many times I see passes by a European player that illicit admiration, but I see Cuevo make passes that are just as good that go by completely unnoticed.

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The team's comeback followed a resounding 5-0 loss to Brazil in the group stage, a result that left Peru on the verge of elimination.

Chile's Eduardo Vargas could match Guerrero when his team was awarded a penalty kick in the final seconds, but he had his shot from the spot saved by Peru goalkeeper Pedro Gallese. Peru has had to dig deeper than anyone in the entire tournament to ward off the pressure of Uruguay.

Unfancied Peru play champions Chile in the second semi-final in Porto Alegre on Wednesday and Stephanie Cayo has promised to kiss the player who wins the match for her country.

Peru, who were beaten 5-0 by Brazil in the group stage, will face the hosts again in Sunday's (July 7) final at the Maracanã.

In their quarter-final, they had two goals disallowed by the video assistant referee (VAR) before deservedly defeating Colombia on penalties.

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