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2024 Concacaf W Gold Cup

Brazil cruises to Gold Cup final with 3-0 win over 10-player Mexico

Loss snaps Mexico’s 23-game unbeaten streak under coach Pedro Lopez

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Brazil, playing as one of four guest teams from South America in the 2024 Concacaf W Gold Cup, advanced to the tournament final on Wednesday with a 3-0 victory over Mexico. Brazil will play either Canada or the United States in Sunday’s final in San Diego.

Brazil played with an extra player for more than an hour in Wednesday’s semifinal after Mexico defender Nicolette Hernandez was sent off following a video review. Brazil midfielder Adriana opened the scoring in the 21st minute after confusion in the box among Mexico defenders.

Eight minutes later, Hernandez was sent off following a review at the monitor from center referee Tori Penso. Brazil added a second goal three minutes later when defender Antônia curled a left-footed effort into the lower corner from the top of the 18-yard box.

Yasmim made it 3-0 in favor of Brazil three minutes into the second half with a spectacular flick-on finish.

The loss was the first for Mexico under head coach Pedro Lopez, who took charge of the team in late 2022. Mexico was unbeaten in 23 previous games under Lopez, winning 19 of them. El Tri’s biggest victory came last week against the United States, a 2-0 win that made Mexico the surprise winners of Group A at the Gold Cup. It was only Mexico’s second victory over the U.S. in 43 meetings.

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