Despite playing a 10-man game with its striker Gabriel Jesus sent off in their Copa America quarter-final against Chile, Brazil held on for a 1-0 win to set up a semi-final against Peru.

Lucas Paqueta gave Brazil an early lead in the second half before Jesus was sent-off within two minutes for a high kick on Eugenio Mena.

Chile piled on pressure but the closest they came to an equaliser was Ben Brereton’s header hitting the bar.

“Jesus was just bad luck,” said Brazil forward Neymar after the win against Chile. “He had his eye on the ball, not on the man, and unfortunately, he was sent off.

“Every day that goes by we have tests to make us stronger, to prove that we can play under all kinds of circumstances.

“Chile are a good team, they have great players and it is very difficult with a man less. Everyone deserves praise – the defence, the midfield, the forwards.

“We managed to withstand something that rarely happens to this team. It was a big test for us.”

Lucas Paqueta came on as a substitute to score Brazil’s winner.

Brazil and Peru will now meet in a repeat of the 2019 final, which the former won 3-1.

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