Surprise: Brazil could not beat the US before the Copa América

Surprise: Brazil could not beat the US before the Copa América
Surprise: Brazil could not beat the US before the Copa América

Brazil and USA They tied 1-1 this Wednesday in Orlando in a last and exciting test before the America Cup which starts next week in the North American country.

Brazilian Rodrygo opened the scoring in the 17th minute and Christian Pulisic equalized with a free kick in the 26th minute in front of 60,016 fans who practically filled the Camping World Stadium in Orlando.

Vinicius Jr., who played the entire match, and the young Endrick enjoyed good opportunities in the final stretch to define a match whose figures were the goalkeepers Alisson and Matt Turner.

For the United States, which broke an 11-game losing streak against Brazil, the draw is a relief after the embarrassing 5-1 defeat received on Saturday against Colombia.

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The Verdeamarelha, for its part, had an irregular performance and once again sowed doubts about its potential to regain the Copa América throne (June 20 – July 14).

Coach Dorival Júnior relieved the 10 field players regarding Saturday’s agonizing 3-2 victory in another friendly against Mexico, decided with a goal in stoppage time from Endrick.

Containing expectations surrounding the 17-year-old phenomenon, Dorival Júnior chose to leave him on the bench until the 65th minute.

A few seconds after coming off the bench, the future Real Madrid striker created a great chance that was neutralized by Matt Turner.

The American goalkeeper made 10 saves against the Brazilian offense although his mistake led to Rodrygo’s goal.

Shocked in their pride by the humiliation against Colombia, the United States came out on the grass with much greater intensity and sent a couple of dangerous warnings to the Brazilian goal.

Yunus Musah, one of the two new players in the starting eleven, hit the crossbar with a missile from outside the area with just five minutes of play remaining.

After another chance from Pulisic, Brazil took control of the game and enjoyed its best moments of the match.

The combinations of the ‘Canarinha’ offensive trident began to wreak havoc on the local defense and put Turner in serious trouble, who successfully resolved a first-on-one with Vinícius Jr in the 17th minute.

Rodrygo, his partner at Real Madrid, made no mistake four minutes later, taking advantage of a mistake by Turner himself. The goalkeeper failed to get the ball out and Raphinha enabled Rodrygo to adjust it to his left leg and finish with a cross shot.

With that advantage, Brazil took its foot off the accelerator and allowed the United States to settle better in the midfield.

In a great tackle, Pulisic was stopped with a foul on the same line of the area. The AC Milan striker himself took charge of the shot and surprised Alisson with a low, dry shot at the near post.

After the break, Dorival Júnior brought Endrick onto the pitch and he didn’t take a minute to appear in the local area but his cross shot was deflected by Turner.

In the final stretch there were chances on both sides but Alisson shone with interventions against Pulisic and Brenden Aaronson and Turner did so against Rodrygo and Vinicius.

Source: Ambito

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