Peru’s Renato Tapia in action with Brazil’s Casemiro during their Copa America match on Saturday. Reuters
Peru failed to capitalise on a ten-man Brazil 20 minutes from time — after Gabriel Jesus was sent off for a second yellow — leaving Tite’s charges holding on to win the Copa America 3-1 in front of boisterous home fans on Sunday.
Following claims by Lionel Messi that the Copa America had been ‘fixed’ so the hosts would win, Tite — coach of champions Brazil — told the Argentina captain to show some respect.
Brazil’s superiority and depth of talent evident throughout their successful Copa campaign stood out in stark contrast to Argentina’s continued trophy drought and a sub-par event organisation,
Untiring efforts of the Jebel Ali Racecourse management finally paid off as the venue put all concerns regarding its racing surface behind and successfully hosted the biggest race of their season, the 1600m Group 3 Jebel Ali Mile on Friday.
China’s Wu Ashun maintained the momentum that he got after egaling in his opening round to finish the day with a one-shot lead at the Dubai Desert Classic on Saturday.
Home favourite Nick Kyrgios went five sets to ensure an Australian Open showdown with Rafael Nadal on Saturday as a series of shocks caused carnage in the women’s draw.