Copa America 2019: Brazil v Peru player ratings as Gabriel Jesus and Marquinhos shine

Andy West 8/07/2019
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Gabriel Jesus

Gabriel Jesus excelled with a goal and an assist – before later being sent off – as Brazil were crowned Copa America champions with a 3-1 victory over Peru.

It was an eventful game at the Maracana, and here we run the rule over every player.

BRAZIL

Alisson 6. Went the wrong way for Guerrero’s penalty and just had one routine save to make in the second half.

Alves 6. A relatively restrained performance by the skipper’s usual high-octane standards, but he was focused and committed.

Marquinhos 8. Very calm and composed in the heart of defence, doing everything necessary to keep Peru at bay.

Silva 6. Handled to concede a penalty for Peru’s equaliser, but made amends with a key challenge to deny a clear chance.

Sandro 7. Picked his moments to attack and nearly created a goal for Firmino, and concentrated well on defensive matters.

Casemiro 6. Kept things simple in front of the back four, defending with discipline and taking no risks with possession.

Arthur 7. Gave his team width by regularly switching play with intelligence and did superbly to set up Jesus’s goal.

Jesus 8. Created the opening goal with some brilliant skill and tucked away the second with a fine finish, before being harshly sent off.

Coutinho 6. Stabbed a first half snapshot just wide and again came close with a powerful drive just after the break.

Everton 8. Took the opener really well on the half-volley, and made some scintillating bursts including one to win a late penalty.

Firmino 6. Was off target with a couple of decent chances but regained possession to spark the second goal. Worked tirelessly.

SUBSTITUTES

Richarlison 6. Introduced by Tite as a reaction to Jesus’s red card, and wrapped up the victory with a late penalty.

Militao 6. A defensive-minded change as Brazil protected their lead in the latter stages, he did a sensible job.

Allan. Last gasp sub, he didn’t get a kick but was able to celebrate being on the pitch when Brazil became champions.

PERU

Gallese 6. Couldn’t repeat his semi-final heroics, unable to do anything to keep out any of Brazil’s three goals.

Advincula 5. Totally out of position for the opening goal and was given a really tough time by the trickery and pace of Everton.

Zambrano 5. Couldn’t quite get to Jesus in time to deny the second goal, and brought down Everton to concede a late penalty.

Abram 6. Worked hard in defence and showed good positional awareness but struggled for pace at times.

Truaco 7. Showed some deft touches on the ball, and nearly grabbed a second equaliser with a low angled shot.

Yotun 5. Carelessly gave the ball away in the buildup to Brazil’s second goal, and was the first man replaced.

Tapia 6. Tried his luck from distance early on and played his part in keeping Peru competitive until near the end.

Carillo 5. Buzzed from flank to flank trying to create danger, but faded badly from the game in the second half.

Cueva 7. Blasted a second minute free kick just wide, won the penalty for Peru’s leveller and always wanted possession.

Flores 6. Involved in the buildup to the penalty and came within inches of making it 2-2 with a thunderous long-range shot.

Guerrero 6. Sharp in his link play during Peru’s fast start and calmly brought his team level from the spot.

SUBSTITUTES

Ruidiaz 5. Came on for the last 15 minutes but Brazil were well in control by that stage.

Goncales 5. Another late change by Peru coach Gareca, but he was unable to get into the game as Brazil eased home.

Polo 5. The last Peruvian substitute, he was only given five minutes to make a difference and that proved insufficient.

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Women's World Cup 2019: Megan Rapinoe salutes ‘crazy’ teammates after United States retain title

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Megan Rapinoe.

Megan Rapinoe saluted her “crazy” United States team-mates after helping them defend their World Cup title with victory over Holland in the final.

Rapinoe’s second-half penalty and a second from Rose Lavelle secured a 2-0 win for the holders in Lyon and left the 34-year-old lost for words.

Asked what made the team so special, she told Fox Sports: “We’re crazy, that’s what makes us special. We just have no quit in us, we’re so tight and we’ll do anything to win.

“It’s unbelievable. Just to know all of the people in our group that put in so much work, obviously the players – we have all our friends and family here – it’s surreal.

“I don’t know how to feel right now. It’s ridiculous.”

Rapinoe reserved special praise for rising star Lavelle, whose strike effectively killed off the contest.

She said: “That was what she’s been missing, just that little bit. All tournament, she’s been on the dribble, so dangerous for us. She’s opened up everything for us.

“For her to get that reward tonight on the biggest stage that you possibly can, I’m so proud of her. She’s a superstar not even in the making, she’s a straight-up superstar at this point.”

Rapinoe also bagged the Golden Boot for being top scorer with six goals and three assists in five appearances in France. The 34-year-old also took home won the Golden Ball award.

USA coach Jill Ellis was emotional as she assessed what she had just witnessed as USA won the World Cup for the fourth time in eight editions.

Ellis said: “This is just an amazing group of players, but an even better group of people, just fantastic resilience, just chemistry.

“They’ve put their hearts and souls into this journey and I can’t thank them enough. It’s been fantastic.”

Asked what she had said to her players in a huddle on the pitch shortly after the final whistle, she added: “I could barely speak, but I just said to them they were unbelievable, congratulations, they made history, enjoy it.

“It’s unbelievable. I’ve got no words, I’m sorry.”

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An inglorious finale to the season but Messi will bounce back like he always does

Andy West 7/07/2019
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A sour ending to 2018-19 for Lionel Messi.

This has been a rather strange season for Lionel Messi.

As the Barcelona and Argentina captain finally heads away for an overdue but brief summer holiday, he will reflect on a long campaign which, on the plus side, saw him play some of the best football of his career to power Barcelona to the La Liga title with an 11-point margin over second-placed Atletico Madrid and a record 19 point gap to eternal enemy Real Madrid.

On the downside, however, Messi’s season suffered a finale which was nothing short of total disaster: in the last two months he has been powerless to prevent Barcelona exiting the Champions League in humiliating circumstances and then losing the Copa del Rey final, before suffering more international heartache with Argentina’s elimination from the Copa America at the semi-final stage against Brazil.

For the poisoned icing on top of the cake, Messi’s very last act of the 2018/19 campaign, of course, was receiving only the second red card of his career – and his first since 2005 – in a bust-up with Chile’s pitbull Gary Medel during Saturday night’s third-place Copa play-off.

The injustice of that dismissal, and Argentina’s perceptions of their overall mistreatment by Copa America officials, saw Messi head into his holidays on a very sour note, risking further disciplinary action by launching an uncharacteristically emotional tirade at the ‘corruption’ he believes exists within CONMEBOL, South American football’s governing body.

For such a fierce competitor who takes his career so seriously, it’s clear that Messi will be inhabiting a dark place during the first few days of his short vacation, perhaps only alleviated by the merciless mocking he is bound to receive from his son Mateo, who revels in any opportunity to make fun of his poor father.

It was a dismal end to the season for Messi with Barca as well.

It was a dismal end to the season for Messi with Barca as well.

Before long, though, he will put those agonies behind him, consign them to the dustbin of the past and look forward to the future. Because that is what he has always done.

Yes, Messi has been here before. Even arguably the greatest footballer of all-time has regularly been forced to fight his way through some deeply depressing summer months before emerging into brighter days on the other side.

In 2006, for example, the young Messi was left distraught after finishing the season by being omitted by Barca boss Frank Rijkaard from the squad which claimed a Champions League final victory over Arsenal, followed quickly by another consignment to the bench as Argentina were beaten in the World Cup quarter-finals by Germany.

The summer of 2014 was even worse as Messi contemplated Argentina’s traumatic World Cup final defeat to Germany, coming hot on the heels of a season of downright failure with Barca and the tragic death of his much-loved former Barca coach and mentor, Tito Vilanova.

On both those occasions, and every other time Messi has been forced to confront serious setbacks and infuriating failures, he bounced back. He put his frustration behind him, focused on the future and got back to doing the thing he does best: scoring and creating goals.

Messi bounced back brilliantly after the 2014 World Cup final loss.

Messi bounced back brilliantly after the 2014 World Cup final loss.

Over the next few weeks and months, he will do that again.

Sure, the conclusion of the now-finished season will have left a sour taste in Messi’s mouth, and he will be deeply dissatisfied with the litany of disappointments he has encountered in the last couple of months.

There is also considerable doubt as to what the future holds at Barcelona. Will he spend next season playing alongside Luis Suarez? Or Antoine Griezmann? Or Neymar? Or Ousmane Dembele? Or some combination of the four? Will he perform on the right wing? Or as a false nine? Or a support striker? Or a deeper creative midfielder?

At the moment, he does not know the answer to those questions, and Barca’s evolution is fraught with danger.

But if you think those failures in the recent past and that uncertainty over the immediate future will have left Messi beaten, that he is a broken man and a spent force, then you obviously haven’t been paying much attention over the last 15 years.

Messi is made of strong stuff and he lives for this kind of challenge. He has something to prove, and he will prove it, just like always has done in the past. He’ll be back.

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