Everton and Gabriel Jesus struck first-half goals before Richarlison converted a late penalty as hosts Brazil defeated Peru 3-1 in the Copa America final in Rio de Janeiro on Monday.

Gremio forward Everton opened the scoring at the Maracana. But Peru captain Paolo Guerrero netted from the penalty spot in the 44th minute to level the score and brought the Peruvians back into the game.

Jesus restored Brazil’s lead by slotting in a cool finish after a counter-attack on the stroke of half-time.

Brazil were reduced to 10 men in the 70th minute when Jesus was shown a second yellow card for catching Carlos Zambrano with an elbow as both were jostling for the ball.

A red saw 22-year-old Gabriel Jesus crying while walking back to the hut.

But the five-time world champions Brazil were unshaken and sealed the victory in the 90th minute when Richarlison held his nerve from the spot after Everton was brought down by Zambrano.

Be it the ball possession, passes, pass accuracy or shots on target, the hosts dominated the guests ticking all the boxes required to win a final.

It is the ninth time that Brazil have lifted the football’s oldest international continental trophy, which was first played in 1916.

Their last triumph came in 2007 when they beat Argentina 3-0 in Venezuela.

(With inputs from IANS)