Brazil eliminated from Copa America by Peru’s hand of God


Brazil had been eliminated from the Copa America by Peru after a handball by Raul Ruidiaz was ruled as a goal, winning his team 3 points and into the tournament’s quarter finals.

In what Group B’s final match, the Peruvian forward received a cross in the 75th minute right in front of Brazil’s goal and knocked the ball into the net. It appeared that he had used his right hand for the action, and it was ruled as a goal.

In scenes reminiscient of Diego Maradona’s infamous hand of god goal against England, Brazil furiously appealed to referee Andres Cunha for a handball on Rubidiaz and disallow the goal. The official went ahead to confer with his assistants and linesmen, but five minutes of discussions he upheld the decision.

Rubidiaz claimed that the ball hit his thigh after the game.

Early on, the five-time world champions had looked to progress comfortably with just a point needed to advance. The goal set them into frenzy in search of an equalizer.

Elias almost salvaged the required draw but the unmarked midfielder failed to score inside the six-yard box with three minutes left to play.

The win was Peru’s first against Brazil since 1985, with the win on Sunday marking just the fourth time the small South American nation has beaten the neighbouring football giants.

And with that, Dunga and his team will woe the efficiency of match officials for their exit, as there were also incidents in the first half where Peru could have conceded penalties in two instances. Instead, the referee merely gestured play on.

But Brazil was not entirely blameless. Their 7-1 victory against Haiti seemed to have dulled them, and clearly cut themselves short of their typical killer’s edge even with their well-coordinated plays.


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