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Copa Amercia: Jesus, Firmino send Brazil into final

Published: July 03, 2019 09:19:22 | Updated: July 05, 2019 14:59:28


Brazil players congratulate Gabriel Jesus on his opener against Argentina — Reuters photo

Brazil advanced to the final of the Copa America with a 2-0 win over old rivals Argentina in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday thanks to a goal in each half from Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino.

Jesus gave Brazil the lead in 19 minutes when Firmino sent in a low cross for the unmarked striker to side-foot home from close range.

The two combined again on the counterattack after 71 minutes to make it 2-0 after great work from Jesus left Firmino with the simplest of tap-ins, reports Reuters.

Sergio Aguero hit the bar with a header in the first half for Argentina and Lionel Messi hit the post 11 minutes into the second period but the visitors had little luck in front of goal.

Brazil will meet Chile or Peru in Sunday’s final in Rio de Janeiro.

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