After failing to reach the Copa America finals for more than 40 years, Peru will now get an opportunity to prove themselves against Brazil at Maracana on July 7. Ricardo Gareca’s side achieved the feat last in 1975 where they scored 1-0 against Colombia to be crowned the Copa America champions.
Peru, also known as the Incas, will be taking on one of the toughest opponents, Brazil, who have an impressive record in the tournament’s history. Last time Brazil won the title was in 2007 in a match with Argentina that ended 3-0.
Tite’s side cruised to the 2019 Copa America finals after defeating Argentina 2-0 in the semis on Wednesday at Mineirao Stadium. The Incas, on the other hand, secured the final spot after winning 3-0 with Chile, the tournaments current defending champions.
Sunday’s Copa America final will be the game to watch as Chile will be looking to make history, while Tite’s side will be seeking to add more trophies to their bucket. We expect a difficult match for both sides on the D-day.
We take a closer look at the two teams to analyze how the finals of the 46th edition of the tournament will turn out.
Brazil are currently ranked third in the FIFA world rankings with 1681 points. Tite’s side will be looking to avenge the 1-0 loss from the hands of Peru in the 2016 Copa America edition. The Selecao have lifted the Copa America title eight times since the tournament began.
In 2007, Brazil beat Argentina 3-0 in a thrilling final in Venezuela. Brazil have won four of their last six matches and drew twice. Tite’s side thrashed Peru 5-0 in their last Copa America group match on June 22.
Peru have won the Copa America two times, in 1939 and 1975. The Incas won two of their last six matches. They beat Chile 3-0 in their last match on July 4. Ricardo Gareca’s side are 21st in FIFA world rankings with 1516 points. In 2015 Copa America edition, Peru lost 2-1 to Chile in the tournament’s semifinals.
The Incas achieved their first win in the World Cup final after beating Australia 2-0 a year ago. They will be hoping to beat their opponent at Maracana on Sunday in their quest for the third title.
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The Selecao won four of their last six matches while Peru recorded two wins. Brazil scored 17 goals in six matches while the Incas managed six goals. Tite’s side met eight times with Peru in the last 14 years. Brazil won six times against Ricardo Gareca’s side, losing only once. Peru could find it difficult to stop the Selecao, as their opponents will have a home advantage.
Brazil have better odds to win the finals
Looking at the above statistics, the Selecao are better placed to lift their ninth trophy on Sunday. Their good record and an impressive form gives them an upper hand against their rivals. A win for Peru on Sunday would be a ‘miracle’. Brazil have not lost any match in their last six encounters as opposed to the Incas who have lost four times.
Based on these records, Brazil will most likely face little resistance from Ricardo Gareca’s side. However, Sunday’s final could turn out in favor of either side. Peru could hold off Tite’s side and surprise the football world. We will be waiting to see what happens at the blow of the final whistle in Maracana.
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