Brazil and Peru open the semifinals of the Copa América in a match with the flavor of revenge: time, TV, and formations.
Ricardo Gareca's team will search for the epic against the host of the competition, who was crowned champion in the last edition (2019) after beating them in that final 3-1.
With Neymar as the emblem of the Brazilian team, those led by Tite will face the Peruvian team in the first semifinal of the Copa América. The Inca team could see a duel as a rematch of the final of the previous edition of this championship, in which they fell 3-1 at Maracana.
Not a supporter of Argentina's Ricardo Gareca-led team, which has been beaten twice by Brazil in recent months, lost its rivals in Copa America by a significant margin.
In October 2020, for the South American qualifiers for the World Cup in Qatar, Brazil also won 4-2 in Lima and the group stage of this edition of the Copa América two weeks ago. The result was 4-0, a favorite of Neymar.
"When it comes to this instance, beyond the certain favoritism, statistics, or what the specialists and experts say, the teams have their ambitions, and we also have them," said El Tigre.
The canarinha reaches the semifinals whole, with Gabriel Jesús as the only confirmed loss due to the expulsion he suffered in the previous game after hitting Chilean Eugenio Mena with a hard kick in the face.
Peru, for its part, will not send André Carrillo to the quarterfinals against Paraguay.
In the case of the Brazilian coach, covering the loss of Jesús seems easier since he has players of the same quality and arrival. "I want a balanced team, " he said when asked about the replacement. The options being shuffled are Gabriel Barbosa (Gabigol) and Lucas Paquetá, who plays a little behind.
From the center forward, the orchestra will once again be directed by Neymar, who has confirmed himself as the great director of the Brazilian game, to the point that in the only match he did not perform in this Copa América, because Tite gave him rest, Canarinha tied with Ecuador 1-1.
In the case of Gareca, and with the defeats suffered recently against Brazil, things are different. The Argentine coach plans to reinforce the brand in the center of the field to leave Gianluca Lapadula on edge in a defensive 4-5-1 drawing, but that bets against the epic.
Even with these precautions, Gareca said that after advancing to the semifinals and already thinking about Brazil, "all games are different" and that the past does not count. However, he could have alluded to an excellent history to Brazil, who have played with Peru 48 times and have a record of 34 wins, nine draws, and five losses.
Brazil: Ederson; Danilo, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva and Alex Sandro (Renan Lodi); Casemiro, Fred and Lucas Paquetá; Roberto Firmino (Gabigol), Neymar and Richarlison.
Peru: Pedro Gallese; Aldo Corzo, Christian Ramos, Anderson Santamaría, Miguel Trauco; Renato Tapia, Santiago Ormeño, Sergio Peña, Yosimar Yotún and Christian Cueva; Gianluca Lapadula.
TIME: 23:00 GMT (20:00 ARG-URU / 19:00 CHI-PAR-VEN-BOL-MEX / 18:00 COL-PER-ECU)
TV: TyC Sports / DirecTV Sports.
STADIUM: Nilton Santos Olympic Stadium, in Rio de Janeiro.
REFEREE: Roberto Tobar (CHI)