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Copa America roundup: Brazil earn controversial win over Colombia & Peru pull off excellent comeback

Harry Symeou
Brazil celebrate their controversial victory over Colombia
Brazil celebrate their controversial victory over Colombia / MB Media/Getty Images
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Casemiro scored deep into stoppage time to see Brazil earn a hard-fought and controversial victory over Colombia in Group B at the Copa America.

The hosts went behind to Luis Diaz's stunning acrobatic volley after just ten minutes following a brilliant cross from the right delivered by Juan Cuadrado.

Despite dominating possession for the remainder of the fixture, Brazil struggled to breach a stubborn Colombian defence but they eventually drew level in controversial circumstances when the ball struck the referee Nestor Pitana in the build-up to Roberto Firmino's 78th minute equaliser.

According to the rules, if a deflection off of the referee leads to 'a change of possession or a promising attack' a drop ball should be awarded. Just six seconds after the ball struck the Argentine official the ball was in the back of David Ospina's net and it's clear Neymar's pass would have been intercepted had it not been for the official's unintentional intervention.

What followed were lengthy protests from the Colombian players but despite their appeals, the goal was given. For all their anger towards the officials, however, Ospina should have done much more to deny the ball crossing the line.

As if the visitors didn't already feel the world was against them, they went on to concede in the tenth minute of stoppage time, failing to defend a corner from which Neymar picked out Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro who powered a header home from close range.

Colombia may be feeling pretty down on their luck given the nature of the defeat, but they have already qualified for the quarter-finals. The victory saw Tite's side maintain their 100% record at the competition so far as they look to retain their Copa America crown.

Elsewhere, Peru came from two goals behind to earn a point against Ecuador. The draw means both sides still have a chance to progress through to the last eight.

Renato Tapia's own goal saw Ecuador take the lead on 23 minutes and they added a second in first-half stoppage time when Ayrton Preciado got on the end of a free kick to turn in from close range.

Ecuador appeared to be cruising towards their first victory of the tournament but two second half goals in five minutes saw them pegged back by the Peruvians. In the absence of their talismanic forward Paolo Guerrero, up stepped Gianluca Lapadula whose second half display was a joy to behold.

He closed the deficit to just a solitary goal when he finished Christian Cueva's perfect pass on 49 minutes. The Benevento forward then turned provider when he set up Andre Carrillo to score the equaliser just minutes later.

Ecuador take on Brazil in their final group game while Peru face Venezuela, with Group B going all the way down to the wire.

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