Copa America: Boring Brazil knocked out by Peru’s blatant handball goal

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There’s no two ways about it: (this particular edition of) Brazil are boring. On second thought, even with Neymar, their only true superstar who’s coincidentally absent from the 2016 Copa America Centenario squad, there’s very little to inspire excitement over the Selecao, even at full-strength.

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On Sunday, Brazil were their usual boring selves once again, 15 short minutes from a 0-0 draw that would have seen them through to the quarterfinals as winners of Group A. Then, a moment of madness — or, if you agree with any of the above, a blessing from the heavens — in the form of this tournament’s weirdest controversy to date. Raul Ruidiaz bundled the ball over the goal line in the 75th minute, but a lengthy discussion between game officials left both sides fates hanging in the balance.

With the goal, which was so clearly handled by Ruidiaz that you might actually feel sorry for Brazil, Peru are winners of Group B, while Brazil are out and headed home. Their solitary win during the group stage came against Haiti. In truth, this tournament has been improved by Brazil being eliminated, Dunga’s side no longer alive to bore us fight another day.

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By finishing top of Group B, Peru will face Colombia Friday night at MetLife Stadium in Rutherford, NJ. Colombia finished second in Group A after a 3-2 defeat to Costa Rica saw the U.S. national team leapfrog the Colombians to top the group.