COPA America: Neymar inspires Brazil to beat Peru 1-0 to reach final

  • Brazil beat Peru 1-0 to advance to the finals of the COPA America
  • Neymar inspired the Selecao to victory and will now face either Argentina or Colombia in Saturday’s final

Neymar inspires Brazil to a 1-0 victory over Peru to reach the COPA America finals.

Brazil totally dominated the first half at the empty Nilton Santos stadium in Rio but had to survive some nervous moments after the break before securing a spot in the final.

Brazil deservedly took the lead 10 minutes before halftime after Peru gave the ball away in midfield for the umpteenth time.

Neymar’s tinkling toes got him free of three defenders in the box and he teed up Paqueta to fire home from 12 yards.

The Selecao will play either Lionel Messi’s Argentina or Colombia, who meet in Brasilia on Wednesday, in Saturday’s final at Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Maracana stadium.