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Paqueta scores the only goal of the game in the defending champions’ victory over Chile.

Brazilian forward Gabriel Jesus was sent off after hitting Chilean Eugenio Mena with a flying kick in the 48th minute of the Copa America quarter-final at Estadio Nilton Santos in Rio de Janeiro on Friday.

Defending champions Brazil advanced to the semi-finals with a 1-0 victory after substitute Lucas Paqueta scored the game’s only goal.

The Paqueta winner in the left corner of Chilean goalkeeper Claudio Bravo in the 46th minute gave Brazilian fans some hope that the Selecao would move on to the next stage.

But just two minutes later, Jesus was sent off after hitting Chilean Eugenio Mena with a flying kick.

Neymar and Brazil coach Tite said after the game that Jesus did not see Mena and accidentally kicked him as he tried to retrieve the ball in midfield.

“Defending well is one of our characteristics,” said Brazilian Thiago Silva. “No matter what we did today, we concede few goals. Never until 10, we created clear opportunities. I am very proud of this team, for their fighting spirit.

Paqueta replaced Roberto Firmino after a tense first half with few opportunities for either side.

An exhausted Neymar said after the game that playing with 10 men was a great test for Brazil.

“Every game we have to pass tests to make us stronger, to show that we can do it in all circumstances,” said Neymar. “We had to be united. It was very difficult to do. “

Chilean Arturo Vidal has said his side will leave the tournament with some pride.

“We lost to a great team, a favorite playing at home,” he said. “If we play like we played today, with a little more time to work, this team will clearly regain its intensity. We hope to qualify for the World Cup. It will be difficult, but we can. “

Peru advanced to the semi-finals after beating Paraguay 4-3 on penalties after a 3-3 score in regulation time.

Brazil and Peru contested the last Copa America final in 2019, with the hosts winning 3-1. Jesus was also sent off in this match at Rio’s Maracana stadium.

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