Brazil have won the Copa America for the ninth time.

Goals from Everton, Gabriel Jesus and Richarlison saw Brazil overcome Peru 3-1 in the final at the Maracanã on Sunday night.

Tite’s team came into the final as big favourites, having not conceded a goal in the entire competition, and the hosts had also thrashed Peru 5-0 in the group stages.

But Ricardo Gareca’s side, 3-0 winners against Chile in the semi-finals, started the game strongly and caused Brazil problems as they pressed high up the pitch.

It was somewhat against the run of play when Brazil scored after 15 minutes, Gabriel Jesus curling in a fine cross from the right and the unmarked Everton drilling home a low finish at the far post.

The locals were on top after that, but they were pegged back late in the half as Thiago Silva handled in the box and Peru skipper Paolo Guerrero sent Alisson the wrong way from the penalty spot.

That was the first goal Brazil had let in all tournament, but Peru’s joy did not last long as Roberto Firmino won the ball back in midfield and Arthur set up Gabriel Jesus to make it 2-1 as he found space between the two rival centre-backs in stoppage time at the end of the first half.

There were nerves for the hosts as the Manchester City striker was sent off for a second bookable offence with 20 minutes left, but Tite made changes and Brazil coped well, adding a third in added time as Everton was barged off the ball by Carlos Zambrano and Richarlison slotted home from the spot to send the fans wild and seal a ninth Copa crown for the five-time World Cup winners.

Source: Evening Standard