Brazil knocked out of Copa America by Peru's handball goal

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Brazil were eliminated from the Copa America in their final group game against Peru in controversial circumstances after Raul Ruidiaz appeared to score the winner with his arm.

The five-time world champions needed just a point against Peru, who are ranked No48 in the world, to progress to the quarter-final stages. Adding to that, they had not tasted victory over Brazil in 31 years and were widely expected to submit in the Gilette Stadium.

With Ecuador sailing past Haiti 4-0 in Sunday’s earlier kick-off, Peru's victory saw the Canarinho finish third in their group and ended their involvement in the tournament.


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But Brazil and head coach Dunga were up in arms after the final whistle and had every right to feel aggrieved. That is because Peru's winning strike, scored in the 78th minute, clearly came off the arm of substitute Ruidiaz. Take a look at the video below.

Speaking after the game, Ruidiaz said: "It was a quick move and it hit me in the thigh. I don't understand why there was controversy because it was a clean play."

It brings an end to another disappointing campaign at a major tournament for Brazil, who were knocked out of at the quarter-final stage of last year's Copa America and humiliated by Germany at their own World Cup in 2014.


Needless to say, Brazil were fuming at the referee's lack of vision especially as Ruidiaz was clearly laughing about getting away with the indiscretion.

"We saw that the ball hit his hand but you can't complain," Brazil centre-half Miranda told reporters after the final whistle. "(The referee) said he discussed it with four officials and that they didn't see the handball.

"Brazil tried from the first minute to score but the ball didn't want to go in unfortunately, and that's football. If you don't score you pay for it."

No excuses

However, Barcelona star Dani Alves said his team could not use the handball as an excuse for their poor performance.

"I believe it does not serve as an excuse. It is a fact that Brazil has achieved nothing in our last major competitions, and against that there are no arguments.

"I am very competitive, so going through this is unacceptable to me as a competitor."

All show, no substance

Brazil exit the tournament as the joint top scorers with seven goals, tied with Argentina, but every single one of those goals came against Haiti as the absence of Neymar was duly felt in their other two games against Peru and Ecuador.

The Barcelona star agreed to miss the Copa America in order to take part in the Olympic Games, which will be held in Rio later this summer.

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