Brazil deservedly win the 2019 Copa America

Brazil ended a 12 year wait to claim their ninth Copa America title with a 3-1 victory against Peru over the weekend.

The Samba Kings went into the tournament as big favourites to win on home soil and they certainly delivered in style.

Read on as we look at the main talking points from the 2019 Copa America.

Brazil a dominant force

It has been a difficult few years for Brazil, but their blend of style and organisation served them well this summer.

They looked solid at the back, industrious in midfield and sharp in attack – a mix that proved to be the perfect recipe for success.

Neymar’s absence worked in Brazil’s favour, with manger Tite able to employ a higher intensity style of play.

With Roberto Firmino, Gabriel Jesus and Everton providing the cutting edge up front, Neymar could find it hard to force his way back into the starting XI.

Messi fails to deliver again

Lionel Messi accused match officials of corruption after Argentina’s semi-final defeat against Brazil, but his comments were nothing more than sour grapes.

Messi has regularly failed to deliver on the international stage and his performances this summer were once again unimpressive.

Argentina do have some quality coming through, with the likes of Lautaro Martinez and Juan Foyth producing excellent displays during the tournament.

Much like Brazil, La Albiceleste may become a better all-round team in the future without being over-reliant on one player.

Underdogs Peru defy the odds

Peru were written off by many pundits ahead of the tournament but defied the odds to make it through to the final.

They progressed through the group stage as one of the best third place finishers, before knocking out much-fancied Uruguay in the quarterfinals.

Peru were superb against Chile in the semi-finals, deservedly defeating the two-time defending champions 3-0 in Porto Alegre.

There was no shame in being beaten by an excellent Brazil side in the final and they can take plenty of confidence from the way they played at the Copa America.