Brazilian strikers Roberto Firmino and Gabriel Jesus were at full throttle this morning
as they defeated arch-rivals Argentina at the Mineirão to advance into the Copa America
Brazil’s first goal came in the 19th minute through some phenomenal skill in the
midfield from captain Dani Alves who played a through ball on the right to Liverpool’s
Roberto Firmino who then played a side-footed, low driven cross to Man City’s Gabriel
Jesus for an easy tap-in.
Argentina came incredibly close to equalizing in the 30th minute through a Sergio Aguero
header that hit the crossbar from a Lionel Messi delivery into the box.
Brazil proceeded to control the game and eventually killed the tie in the 71st minute
when Roberto Firmino scored another tap-in via a Gabriel Jesus assist, the two forwards
were on another level for their country when it mattered most.
Argentine Captain Lionel Messi was openly aggravated with the officiating saying after
the game “Brazil were not better than us. They found the net early and the second goal
came from a penalty they didn’t award us… The officiating was crazy. There were clear
penalties on Otamendi, on Kun (Sergio Aguero). The referee was on their side. In every
divided ball or dispute, he went their way“
Brazil will go onto play either Chile or Peru in the Copa America Final.
Written by Kai Richardson
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