Thursday, July 18, 2024

Martinelli scores in shootout but Brazil exit Copa America

Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Magalhaes suffered disappointment in Las Vegas as Brazil lost 4-2 on penalties to Uruguay in the Copa America quarter-finals.

The Arsenal pair only mustered 13 minutes of action in the tournament as the Selecao drew with Costa Rica and Colombia either side of a win over Paraguay to set up the knockout tie with Marcelo Bielsa’s in-form side.

Darwin Nunez and Raphinha came closest to breaking the deadlock on a night of few chances but many fouls at Allegiant Stadium. In total, the two sides traded 41 fouls, the worst of which was committed by Nahitan Nandez on the ankle of Rodrygo. With 14 minutes remaining his yellow card was upgraded to a red following a VAR review

Martinelli was given a run out with three minutes remaining and converted a must-score penalty when the game went to penalties after 90 minutes.

By that point, Eder Militao and Douglas Luiz had both missed for Brazil meaning the Arsenal man’s efforts went without reward. Manuel Ugarte scored straight after to set up a semi-final clash with Colombia. On the other side of the draw, Argentina will face Canada.

Martinelli and Big Gabi can now head off on holiday for three weeks. By the time they return, Arsenal will be halfway through their pre-season tour of the USA, it’ll be interesting to see whether they are involved at all.

Martinelli tournament minutes: 10
Big Gabi tournament minutes: 3

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Forest gooner

Only saliba And English contingent remains


I don’t know who plays left centre back for Brazil, but I’m really perplexed by how a player of Big Gabby’s quality can be practically left warming the bench for the duration of the tournament. Whoever it is better be Paolo Maldini reincarnated.

Johnny 4 Hats

To be fair, it is two times champions league winner Eder Militao.

But I still reckon our Gab is better.

Pat Rice and Beans

In fact Marquinhos (from PSG) plays on the left side and Militão partners him on the right.

Idk why but both Gabis don’t have much prestige with the current Brazil NT manager.

A different George

And Marquinos is their captain. A really good player.

Teryima Adi

@Maldini reincarnated 😀

Johnny 4 Hats

Martinelli about to have an utterly incredible season at Arsenal. I’m hearing people thinking we might sell and suggesting Trossard is the first choice now.

Martinelli is a footballing god in waiting.

Absolute minimum of 25 goal contributions next season. Mark my words.


I hope you are right. The Brazil-Uruguay game was an awful foul-fest.


He’s a good player, but I don’t think he’s technically good enough to be effective against low blocks. But when the game is stretched then he’s great

Alan Sunderland

Agreed, if he played for an counter attacking team would show him in a much better light. He’s a very clunky player, for want of a better word when we’re dominating possession. Easy to see why klopp loved him.In arteta’s system troussard often looks more effective.


Good, not too many minutes, they should be well rested for the upcoming season, and both with even more motivation to do well not just for us but to get into the Brazil first team. COYG


Hopefully both come back frustrated and ready to prove something. I understand why Gabriel didn’t play with two established CBs in front of him (and that position is rarely subbed out), but Martinelli certainly deserved more of a chance to play especially with how well he played at the WC. Glad he nailed the PK, would have been tough on him to be the one to miss the last chance for Brasil. That was an absolutely awful game last night. 41 fouls called and probably that same number not called. Uruguay had no intention of doing anything other than fouling… Read more »

Alan Sunderland

Too be fair to Uruguay they played better stuff than Brazil. Undoubtedly the worst Brazil team I’ve ever seen. Rafinha the only starter last night I would want to see at Arsenal.


Martinelli and Gabriel played no big part in Brazil’s games. They are therefore not the reason Brazil failed.

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