Peru earn 1-0 victory but ball appeared to have been handled into net. USA will face Ecuador, and Colombia will play Peru in quarter-f...
Peru earn 1-0 victory but ball appeared to have been handled into net. USA will face Ecuador, and Colombia will play Peru in quarter-finals
Brazil have been knocked out in the group stages of the Copa América after an extraordinary Sunday evening at Gillette Stadium.
The five-time world champions looked set to progress comfortably to the quarter-finals of the tournament, needing just a point against Peru – No48 in the world rankings – to advance after Ecuador had beaten Haiti 4-0 in Sunday’s earlier kick off.
Instead, Brazil - who were knocked out of Copa América in the quarter-finals last year, and were humiliated by Germany in the semi-final of the 2014 World Cup – find themselves facing up to another disappointment in a major tournament. Prior to Sunday, Peru had not beaten Brazil in 31 years.
However, the Brazil coach, Dunga, will have reason to be aggrieved. Replays clearly showed Peru’s Raúl Ruidíaz had handled the ball into the net for the game’s only goal in the 75th minute after a cross from Andy Polo. The officials had a lengthy debate, surrounded by players from both teams, before the goal was given.
Brazil eliminated from #CopaAmerica by clear handball #COPAAmericaOnStarTimes @iam_bett @AdamMaina_ @Lean_Mwangi https://t.co/J8MGH87WBR— KYAMA™ (@Elijahkyama) June 13, 2016
Polo zipped down the right wing in the 75th minute, and cut the ball across, substitute Ruidiaz bundled it home and wheeled off to celebrate, while Brazil started protesting furiously to referee Andres Cunha and his linesman.
The official ruled the goal out, with Peru joining in the furious debate, which lasted for over two minutes, with the referee taking instructions over his earpiece from a mystery third party.
Ecuador 4-0 Haiti
Ecuador reached the knockout stages of the Copa America by trouncing Haiti 4-0 in New Jersey on Sunday night. Premier League duo Enner Valencia and Antonio Valencia scored a goal apiece either side of half-time as Ecuador swept through their opponents.
Victory for Ecuador means that Peru have to beat Brazil later on Sunday evening to advance, which would see Dunga's side eliminated in the group stage of the Copa Centenario.
Enner Valencia and Antonio Valencia celebrate the Manchester United winger's goal for Ecuador on Sunday. West Ham forward Valencia struck the first goal of the game as Ecuador eased into the knockout round
Valencia then tapped a layoff to Jaime Ayovi who rolled the ball past goalkeeper Johny Palcide nine minutes later. Noboa and Antonio Valencia added goals in the 57th and 78th minutes