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Gabriel Jesus the shoot-out hero for Brazil

Gabriel Jesus struck the winning penalty as Brazil progressed to the semi-finals of the Copa America.

Paraguay, reduced to 10 men after 58 minutes, held on for a 0-0 draw in Porto Alegre and with no extra time in the quarterfinals, the game went straight to penalties. .

Jesus played the full game, while Ederson again sat the match out on the bench.

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Fernandinho missed the game after injuring his right knee.

For Jesus, it was an immediate response to his missed penalty in the previous game against Peru.

 

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The City striker missed in the closing moments of the 5-0 victory over the Peruvians and, as ever, he was keen to make amends.

The shoot-out seemed to be edging Paraguay’s way when Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino put his penalty wide with the scores tied at 3-3.

But after Derlis Gonzalez then missed his effort for the Paraguayans, Jesus stepped up to take the crucial fifth penalty and made no mistake.

Brazil, yet to concede a goal in open play in the Copa America, will now face the winners of tonight’s game between Argentina and Venezuela in Belo Horizonte next Tuesday.

Jesus had missed a penalty against Peru in their last group game and said he went back to his tried and tested technique on Thursday.

“In the last game I didn’t look at the keeper and I hit it hard straight away and the goalie made a good save,” said Jesus after the game.

“Today I did it my usual way, I looked calmly at the keeper and I could see him moving to the left and I side-footed it the other way.”

Colombia take on Chile and Uruguay will face Peru in the other two quarterfinals.


 

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