Brazil wring hands in despair over controversial Peru goal
SUBSTITUTE Raul Ruidiaz's hotly disputed goal earned Peru a shock 1-0 win over Brazil in Foxborough, Massachusetts, on Sunday, with the defeat knocking the five-time world champions out of the Copa America at the group stage.
The Peruvian forward appeared to use his hand to score from close range with 16 minutes remaining. After a long delay while the referee consulted with his assistant while taking advice through an earpiece, he allowed the goal to stand.
Television pictures showed Ruidiaz grinning after the goal had been awarded but the Brazilian players were apoplectic with rage at a decision that sent them tumbling out of the tournament before the knockout stages for the first time since 1987.
"We saw that the ball hit his hand but you can't complain," Brazil centre-half Miranda told reporters. "(The referee) said he discussed it with four officials and that they didn't see the handball."
The result lifted Peru to the top of Group B and eliminated Brazil, who dropped down to third place behind Ecuador in the tournament being played in the United States to celebrate the centenary of governing body Conmebol and the Copa America.