Willian may have been a late call-up to the Brazil squad for the 2019 Copa America but the Chelsea winger has played his part in Brazil making the final for the first time in 12 years.
The Selecao beat their traditional big rivals Argentina in the semi-finals of this championships which is contested by the nations from South America plus some invited teams, with 2-0 being the final score in Belo Horizonte. Brazil are the host nation on this occasion.Willian was brought into the squad due to an injury to Neymar and has featured frequently in the tournament, and in this semi-final he was introduced at half-time.At that stage Brazil were 1-0 up, Gabriel Jesus having slotted a Roberto Firmino cross on 19 minutes. For Argentina, Sergio Aguero had headed against the crossbar in what was a fairly evenly balanced first 45 minutes.
Willian was brought on for Gremio player Everton and Brazil had chances but their opponents were denied by the woodwork again on 57 minutes when Lionel Messi picked up a loose ball and fired it against the post.Instead it was Brazil who found the net, their second goal coming with 71 minutes played. It was a reverse of the opener with Jesus setting up Firmino to score and with the host nation able to continue their record of not having conceded a goal in this tournament, victory was theirs.Willian and his international colleagues will play in the final on Sunday in the Maracana in Rio Janeiro where their opponents will be either Chile or Peru who play later today.Brazil are looking to win this South American championships for a ninth time. The competition was first held in 1916 and is the longest-established continental nations’ tournament.