Brazil thumped Peru 5-0 to reach the Copa America quarter-finals by topping Group A.The tournament hosts were far too good for Ricardo Gareca’s side at Arena Corinthians on Saturday, scoring three goals in the first half and extending their run of Copa clean sheets.Casemiro’s first Brazil goal opened the scoring and Roberto Firmino quickly made it 2-0, with Everton’s superb drive adding to the Selecao’s lead before the break. Captain Dani Alves and Willian scored fine goals after the interval before Gabriel Jesus saw a late penalty saved. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The next opponents for Tite’s side will be set when Groups B and C conclude, while Peru must wait for other results to see if finishing third behind Venezuela is enough to see them through.FIM DE JOGO!5 x 0 | #JogaBola #BRAxPER #CopaAmérica pic.twitter.com/HWV6KO7rPj— CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) June 22, 2019Brazil bundled in an untidy opening goal in the 12th minute when Peru failed to defend a Philippe Coutinho corner from the left wing.Marquinhos somehow headed against the inside of the post from point-blank range and was fortunate the ball bounced up perfectly for Casemiro to make sure, with Brazil soon doubling their lead with a similarly strange goal.Firmino charged down a clearance from goalkeeper Pedro Gallese and appeared to celebrate prematurely before the ball rebounded off the post, but the Liverpool forward recovered his composure to round the goalkeeper and slot into the open goal with a trademark no-look finish.Everton, who impressed off the bench in Brazil’s first two games, made it 3-0 before the break with a drilled 20-yard finish after cutting in off the left wing.Brazil hit top gear with a brilliant fourth goal in the 53rd minute. Barcelona midfielder Arthur was heavily involved in the build-up before Alves swapped passes with Firmino and smashed his finish home.Coutinho’s fine performance was rewarded with warm applause when he was substituted in the closing stages, his replacement Willian curling in an unstoppable fifth.And Gallese salvaged some pride in added time by denying Jesus from the penalty spot after bringing down the Brazil forward.What does it mean? Brazil recapture rhythm at lastAfter toiling in their opening two Copa matches Tite’s side found fluency, albeit against a poor Peru outfit few would have guessed had taken four points from their Copa campaign. The Selecao – brushing off pre-match accusations Tite had spied on Peru training with a drone – looked more balanced and clinical in the final third, which bodes well for the last eight.Everton proves a worthy Neymar deputyWith an injured ankle keeping Brazil’s star man out of the tournament, Gremio winger Everton showed why he is being linked with a move to the Premier League ahead of the new season. His second goal of this year’s Copa America took advantage of Gallese’s poor positioning.2 – Against Peru, Everton scored his second goal in the 2019 Copa America, both from outside the box; only Chile’s Eduardo Vargas has scored as many goals from long range in this tournament. Talent.#CopaAmerica pic.twitter.com/dm8uqdtir3— OptaJavier (@OptaJavier) June 22, 2019Gallese errors decisive for PeruDespite conceding a soft opener, Peru were still in the game before Gallese dallied on the ball and hit his clearance into Firmino. The goalkeeper then looked to be beaten far too easily at his near post by Everton for Brazil’s third.Key Opta facts- Brazil have lost just one of their last 19 meetings with Peru in all competitions (W12 D6), with that loss coming in the 2016 Copa America (0-1).- Brazil have kept a clean sheet in each of their last nine Copa America home games (W6 D3) – they last conceded at home in this competition against Venezuela, in 1989.- Brazil scored eight goals in the 2019 Copa America group stage, their most in this stage in the 21st century.- Brazil have defeated a CONMEBOL nation by 5+ goals in a Copa America game for the first time since the 2007 quarter-finals (6-1 v Chile).- Aged 36 years and 47 days, Dani Alves became the oldest Brazilian player to score in a Copa America game of, at least, the last 96 years.- Everton scored his second goal in the 2019 Copa America, both from outside the box; only Chile’s Eduardo Vargas has scored as many goals from long range in this tournament.What’s next?Brazil will be back in action on Thursday against an opponent yet to be determined. Peru’s fate lies out of their hands and will depend on how Groups B and C finish in the coming days. read more
Brock University Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience Veena Dwivedi wrote a piece published Thursday, June 6 in The Conversation about the way people act when they believe they’re part of a ‘team.’Dwivedi writes:Our neural hardware responds differently when we perceive people to be on “our team” (in-group membership). This hard-wiring allows for positive biases for members of our group, helping them, and us, survive — a clear evolutionary advantage.My father, who came to Canada from India, loved watching hockey. Hockey Night in Canada was always on TV, whether we were home on a Saturday night or at someone’s house for dinner. His big jump — “SCORE!” — was a highlight. His contagious exuberance about the game gave life to us all. So you could say rooting for the Habs is a great memory that I’m hanging on to.Our limbic system — our “emotional brain” — contains the hippocampus, the neural structure responsible for our memory. Those childhood connections between pleasure and pride are deep-seated in my identity. And those memories are not just about being a Montrealer.I know it makes no logical sense to care about the Habs, 35 years after those Cup parades. But because I know which part of my brain cares about the Habs, I can rise above my limbic system and use my pre-frontal cortex to reflect about what I’m actually doing.Continue reading the full article here.
The 22-year old German talent from Kadetten Schaffhausen will move to Spain’s capital. Christian Dissinger signed a three-year deal with Atletico Madrid, making him the 7th signing of the season for Atletico Madrid, among others – Alex Dujshebaev and Inaki Malumbres. Even after important departures it seems that Atletico Madrid will have a very competitive team for next seasons’ Champions League challenge. atletico madridChristian Dissingerdujshebaev ← Previous Story World Championship 2013 (W) groups drawn! Next Story → Alain Portes takes over French (W) national team