Copa America hosts Brazil confirmed their semi-final with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Chile. The first half of the match was scoreless. At the beginning of the second half, Brazil took the lead with Paqueta's goal.
But soon after, Gabriel Jesus kicked an opponent in the face and left the field after receiving a red card. Brazil defended well with one man less. After the win, superstar Neymar gave credit to the entire team.
Attempting to simply hold on to goals for long periods of time is rare in Brazilian football. That's what had to be done in today's match. Neymar said: 'We won a challenge that rarely happens in this team. It was a big test for us.
I knew something difficult was waiting for us. Jesus just had bad luck. Unfortunately he was shown a red card. But the most important thing is that we won and reached the semi-finals.
Neymar enthusiastically praised the way the Brazilians held up under pressure, adding that every day new tests make us stronger. This proves that we can deal with any situation.
Chile is a good team, they have great players. Playing with one less is always difficult. Everyone deserves credit for today's win, defense, midfield, forwards, everyone.