LOS ANGELES Ė Although there was no title at stake, Peru national team seized the chance and took revenge with a 1-0 victory in a friendly against Brazil at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Having scored the winning goal that avenged Peruís 3-1 loss to Brazil in the 2019 Copa America final, Luis Abram is now the hero of the match, proving that the team led by Argentine coach Ricardo Gareca is on the right path.
Abram scored the header in the 85th minute with the assist of Yoshimar Yotun.
As the game was about to end with a 0-0 draw, both teams had goal opportunities.
Only Peru took advantage and earned the fifth victory in its history against Brazil.
Garecaís players knew how to hit at the right time and achieve an important victory that elevates their morale and confidence ahead of the 2022 FIFA Qatar World Cup.
The goalless draw at the end of the first half made Brazil coach Tite decide to risk it all and brought Neymar, whom he reserved after being the star of the game against Colombia on Friday, off the bench to replace Roberto Firmino after over an hour from the beginning of the second half.
Then at the 74th minute, he replaced Richarlison with Real Madridís forward Vinicius Junior.
The aim was breaking the solid defensive line created by Gareca which remained intact throughout the 90 minutes of play.
El Tigre won the game with an excellent pressure tactic without giving room for mobility to Brazil players.
With this win, Gareca became the first coach of the Peruvian team to have won Brazil twice.
The only bad news about the game, which was attended by more than 40,000 spectators, was the injury of Carlos Zambrano, who was replaced by Anderson Santamaria at the 69th minute.