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Chelsea star Willian may have been a late call-up to the Brazil squad for the 2019 Copa America but he has made a telling contribution to Brazil’s success in the tournament so far.
Willian was at first ignored for this tournament, but an injury to PSG star Neymar earned him a call-up, and he has been a useful player to the Selecao who have now reached the Copa America final for the first time in 12 years.
Willian came on as a second-half substitute as host nation Brazil defeated Argentina 2-0 in the semi-final.
In a very balanced game, Gabriel Jesus opened the scoring having slotted a Roberto Firmino cross on 19 minutes. Manchester City star Sergio Aguero almost got an equaliser as he had headed against the crossbar in the first-half.
Willian was brought on for Gremio star Everton at half-time and with both sides threatening, it was Argentina who almost got a goal as they were denied by the woodwork again on 57 minutes when Lionel Messi picked up a loose ball and fired it against the post.
It was Brazil who found the net next, with their second goal coming with 71 minutes played. This time the reverse happened as Jesus set up Firmino to score.
Willian got the final laugh against Aguero who was on the winning side when both sides met in the Carabao Cup final last season. The duo have been rivals for many years for both club and country.
Willian and his Brazilian teammates will play in the final of the Copa America on Sunday in the Maracana in Rio Janeiro, and 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.