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CHAMPIONS! Hosts Brazil win first Copa America title in 12yrs

Hosts of the 2019 Copa America, Brazil have won a first Copa title in 12 years after beating Peru 3-1 in the final at Maracana on Sunday.

It is the ninth time Brazil have won the Copa America and is their first tournament success since winning a gold medal at the 2016 Olympics.

The victory also maintained their record of winning the Copa America every time they have hosted it.

Argentina finished in third place after beating Chile in the playoff on Saturday.

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Brazil took the lead when Gabriel Jesus set up Everton to volley in the opener on 15 minutes.

Paolo Guerrero gave Peru hope when he equalised from the penalty spot minutes before Jesus restored Brazil’s lead at the stroke of half time.

The Manchester City forward was shown a second yellow with 20 minutes left but Richarlison’s late penalty sealed the 3-1 win for the hosts.

The Copa America returns in 2020 and it will be co-hosted by Argentina and Colombia.

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