Brazil beat Argentina 2-0 to reach Copa America final

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Brazil have reached the final of the Copa America after a 2-0 victory over Argentina.

Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino both found the net as the hosts overcame their arch-rivals for a place in the championship match.

Tite’s men had been hoping to right some past wrongs as they returned to the Mineirao, the same stadium where they were thumped 7-1 by Germany in the 2014 World Cup semi-finals.

Jesus opened the scoring after 19 minutes, burying a low cross from Firmino to clinch his first goal of the tournament.

The Manchester City striker then returned the favour in the second half, setting up Firmino for a simple tap-in to double the advantage in the 71st minute.

Argentina, who last won the tournament in 1993, saw several chances go begging, almost pulling level in the first half when a header from Sergio Aguero hit the front side of the cross bar.

Brazil goalie Alisson was forced into a diving save just minutes after the break, while Lionel Messi was also denied by the post.

The Selecao, in their first Copa America final since 2007, have yet to concede a goal in the tournament.

They will face either defending champions Chile or Peru for the title in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday.

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Liverpool‘s Sadio Mane scored twice after missing a penalty as Senegal reached the last 16 at the Africans Cup of Nations with a 3-0 win over Kenya.

The forward bagged a late brace to make up for seeing Patrick Matasi save his first-half spot-kick in Cairo on Monday.

Ismaila Sarr opened the scoring in the second half while Philemon Otieno was dismissed for Kenya after conceding Senegal’s second penalty – which Mane converted.

Senegal finish second in Group C, behind Algeria, but needed to wait until the final 30 minutes to break Kenya down.

They should have gone ahead just after the half hour when Abud Omar brought down Saliou Ciss but Mane’s penalty was weak and Matasi saved comfortably.

Sarr opened the scoring after 63 minutes when he fired in from Lamine Gassama’s cross.

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Thiago Silva insists Brazil must forget about their World Cup humiliation ahead of their return to Mineirao.

Tite’s side face Argentina in their Copa America semi-final on Wednesday at the scene of their nightmare five years ago.

The match takes place at the Mineirao, the same stadium where Brazil were thumped 7-1 by Germany in the World Cup semi-finals in 2014.

“Nobody will forget what happened then. That match against Germany was horrible for us,” PSG defender Silva told Fox Sports.

“But that was a different situation. Now we are facing Argentina and we need to focus on playing our game. We will need to be careful because it’s a team that has the best player in the world (Lionel Messi).

“We have a lot of respect for them.”

Argentina have reached four of the last five Copa America finals but have not won the tournament since 1993.

Everton forward Richarlison hopes to be fit for the last four showdown after being diagnosed with mumps on Thursday.

“Argentina will always be Argentina, even if it’s not going through a good moment,” Silva added. “We have a lot of respect for them.”

Argentina lost the 2015 and 2016 finals on penalties to Chile with Barcelona forward Messi yet to win anything with his country despite a decorated club career.

But the 32-year-old is confident they can overcome Brazil and reach Sunday’s final, with the winners facing defending champions Chile or Peru.

“They have players who can make the difference up front,” Messi added to Fox.

“We thought we would finish first in the group and be on the other side of the draw, but we are in semi-finals and only the best teams are here.”

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