man city striker gabriel jesus pushes var monitor after red card in copa america final - Man City striker Gabriel Jesus pushes VAR monitor after red card in Copa America final

Gabriel Jesus had a night he is unlikely to forget in a hurry as Brazil beat Peru to win the Copa America on home soil.

The Manchester City striker teed up Everton for the opening goal and then scored himself to restore Brazil’s advantage on the stroke of half-time.

The hosts still led 2-1 when Jesus was shown a second yellow card with 20 minutes to go and given his marching orders for a foul on Carlos Zambrano.

The 22-year-old reacted furiously to the decision, initially refusing to leave the pitch as he protested the decision. When he did walk off Jesus booted a water bottle on the side of the pitch and then punched a dugout, before then attempting to push over the VAR monitor, with officials just rescuing it in time.

Television cameras then caught the City striker in tears on the steps of the tunnel at the Maracana as he continued to protest about the decision to send him off.

It was only the second red card of Jesus’ career, having previously been sent-off for Palmeiras against Rosario Central in a Copa Libertadores game in April 2016.

Despite being down to 10 men Brazil held on to claim victory, with Richarlison converting a late penalty to ease any nerves and victory in the Copa America ended a 12-year major trophy drought for Brazil.

man city striker gabriel jesus pushes var monitor after red card in copa america final 2 - Man City striker Gabriel Jesus pushes VAR monitor after red card in Copa America final

Jesus had earlier scored in the final to restore Brazil’s lead

Jesus’ Etihad teammates Ederson and Fernandinho were unused substitutes in the final but collected their medals as Brazil celebrated victory.

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All three will now be given up to three weeks off before joining up with City for pre-season, with the majority of the squad due back for training on July 8.

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