Gabriel Jesus the Centre of Brazil's Copa America Win
For both good and bad reasons, Gabriel Jesus was at the centre of everything in the Copa America final between Brazil and Peru last night. He helped Brazil to a 3-1 victory over Peru, giving them their first Copa America title in 12 years, adding to their already impressive haul by being their 9th title since the competition was created.
The good side of Jesus was his goal in the game and a good assist, both of which put Brazil firmly in the driving seat. He played very well while he was on the field and his link up play in particular was a highlight. Without Neymar, Brazil needed players to step up and Jesus certainly did that, until the 70th minute when he was sent off and showed huge frustration, something which marred his earlier very good performance.
Jesus was sent off for two yellow cards and his behaviour after that will be something he will want to forget quickly. He came off the field in tears after being sent off, then proceeded to kick a water bottle before pushing over the VAR monitor that is at the side of the pitch. This is a side of his game that no one wants to see, and he was quick to apologise afterwards for what he had done.
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The title was Brazil's first since winning gold at the 2016 Olympics, and sets them up with a winning mentality ahead of their next big event, which will be the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. After a slightly disappointing showing at the 2018 Russia World Cup it will be interesting to see how Brazil progress over the next three years and if they can reclaim their place at the top of the footballing ladder. After their victory last night, Brazil are priced up at 11/2, which makes them join favourites with France, who won the 2018 World Cup in Russia.