Peru is heading to the quarterfinals of the Copa America Centenario after a controversial 1-0 victory over Brazil on Sunday night.
The best chance of the first stanza came in the 26th minute when Gabriel collected the ball inside the 18 before hitting a low shot towards the left corner. Goalkeeper Pedro Gallese denied the Brazilian with a fingertip save.
As a whole, the first half will likely be remembered for what didn't happen as opposed to what did . Both teams had decent penalty shouts but referee Andres Cuhna never pointed to the spot. Brazil believed that late challenges on Gabriel Barbosa and Willian were deserving of PKs. Meanwhile, Peru was upset that the referee didn't stop play after Edison Flores was taken down by Renato Augusto.
The referee was more active with his whistle early in the second half as he awarded a free kick to Peru in the 48th minute. Christian Cueva was tasked with the kick, hitting a beauty that was narrowly pushed away by Alisson.
The game remained scoreless until the 75th minute when Raul Ruidiaz redirected an Andy Polo cross. The tally was against the run of play, as Brazil had largely dominated possession.
Fitting the trend of the night, the goal was also highly controversial as Ruidiaz appeared to have handled the ball. The referees conferred for four minutes before restarting the game at half field.
In the second minute of stoppage time, Brazil had a chance to equalize but Elias was unable to beat Gallese. The game ultimately finished 1-0 in favor of Peru.
The result sends Brazil home while Peru finishes atop of Group B. Peru will now face Colombia at MetLife Stadium on Friday, June 17.