On a day like today, a year ago, Peru returned to play a Copa América final after 44 years of drought, while Brazil achieved its ninth cup after 12 years since the last one was achieved in the 2007 Copa América de Venezuela. The match was repeated, since both squads had already faced each other in the group stage, with a favorable result for the «verdeamarela» team.
The legendary Maracanã stadium witnessed one of the best matches seen in the competition. Both came from beating their classic rivals. For his part, the local defeated, in a controversial game due to the arbitration decisions, the Argentina of Leo Messi. Speaking of Peru, he won comfortably and gave a chair to soccer to a blurred Chilean team, who could not do anything before the famous Peruvian touch.
The first goal of the game came within 15 minutes of the first half, thanks to an individual move by Gabriel Jesús, which culminated with a cross for Everton’s definition. However, the bicolor would not lose hope and, after a hand from Thiago Silva in his area, Paolo Guerrero would tie the score from twelve steps. But, three minutes later, Gabriel Jesús would take advantage of a fault in the blanquirroja defense and decreed the 2 to 1. Finally, five minutes before the end of the game, the referee Roberto Tobar received a controversial penalty, which Richarlison converted into a goal. In this way, Brazil would be crowned local, while Peru lost its first final for the Copa América.