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Copa America: Paqueta Strikes 10-Man Brazil Past Chile Into Semifinal

Copa America: Paqueta Strikes 10-Man Brazil Past Chile Into

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Lucas Paqueta's second-half strike proved to be decisive for defending champions Brazil to knock determined Chile out of the Copa America semifinal with a final scoreline of 1-0.

Second-half substitute Paqueta made an instant impact, finding a gap in Chile's defence and firing into the back of the net in the 47th minute to put Brazil up 1-0.

Less than two minutes later, however, Brazil were reduced to 10 men when Gabriel Jesus' reckless high kick caught Eugenio Mena in the face and drew a straight red card.

Chile couldn't capitalize on the man advantage, no matter how hard they tried.

Eduardo Vargas thought he'd grabbed the equaliser in the 62nd minute with a close-range shot, but VAR confirmed the offside call was correct.

In the 69th, Mena's cross from the left found Ben Brereton, whose looping header had Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson wrong-footed but caromed off the crossbar.

Ederson came up with another big save in the 78th as Chile battled desperately for an equalizer. Carlos Palacios went for broke five minutes into injury time with an attempt from the top of the box that sailed over the crossbar.

Brazil's best first-half chance came after 20 minutes when Neymar found Roberto Firmino at Claudio Bravo's far post, but the Liverpool striker couldn't convert.

Ederson was soon called on and dived right to save a shot from Vargas after the Chilean striker shook off Thiago Silva.

Jesus, played in by Neymar, nearly fired Brazil ahead shortly before halftime but Chilean keeper Claudio Bravo tipped his shot over the bar.

With the victory, Brazil set up a rematch of 2019 final in which they beat Peru 3-1.

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