Brazil have advanced to the Copa America 2021 Final and they seem to be on their way to a back-to-back continental title. Still, Gabriel Jesus can't be entirely excited about it as he won't be eligible for the big game.
The Manchester City striker has played a pivotal role in La Verde-amarela's success in 2019, scoring once and providing an assist both in the semi-finals against Argentina and in Brazil's win over Peru in the grand final. However, he was far from delivering such performances in the current edition.
In four Copa America 2021 games, Gabriel Jesus has failed to score and set up only one goal in the 4-0 victory over Peru on Matchday 2. When it rains, it pours, they say. If not, ask Gabriel Jesus, who will miss the Copa America 2021 final against Argentina.
Gabriel Jesus to miss the Copa America 2021 final against Argentina
About two years after scoring a significant goal that helped Brazil becoming Copa America champions at home, the 24-year-old striker can't be completely proud of his team advancing to the final for the second-straight time.
Gabriel Jesus was given a two-match suspension for his ugly challenge on Eugenio Mena in the quarter-final clash against Chile, ruling him out for the semi-final affair against Peru, and now the final against Argentina.
He committed an unnecessary foul by throwing a dangerous karate kick that could have been worse for Mena. Gabriel Jesus immediately saw the red card and Conmebol determined he would be sanctioned for two matches, ruling him out for the rest of the tournament.