Newcastle United star Nobby Solano has helped mastermind a famous win and glory for Peru on Sunday night in the Copa America.
Solano is now with Peru’s national squad as assistant coach to Ricardo Gareca and after beating Haiti and drawing with Ecuador, they faced Brazil in their final group game.
Ecuador’s defeat of Haiti meant Peru would be eliminated from the Copa America if Brazil won, the tournament being the equivalent of the Euros for those in the Americas.
The match was played at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts and despite being under pressure for most of the match, Peru held out, then in the 75th minute Raul Ruidiaz scored what proved to be the only goal of the game. Giving a final score of Brazil 0 Peru 1
Sunday’s victory was the first for Peru against Brazil since 1985 and the fourth all-time over the Brazilians.
The group table ended up as the following, with the top two going through to the knockout stages:
7 points – Peru
5 points – Ecuador
4 points – Brazil
0 points – Haiti
Nobby Solano said after the opening win against Haiti (Peru went on then to draw with Ecuador):
“Last summer we finished third so we will see what we can do this time.
“It is a great experience for the squad and we are playing Brazil again in the group stages.
“We lost very narrowly last time and it would be nice to go one better.
“It is also a great experience for me as a coach as I get the chance to pit my wits against the best coaches in South America.”