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Brazil’s Willian out of Copa América final due to injury

July 4, 2019 GMT
Argentina's Sergio Aguero, right, helps Brazil's Willian during a Copa America semifinal soccer match at Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Tuesday, July 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Eugenio Savio)
Argentina's Sergio Aguero, right, helps Brazil's Willian during a Copa America semifinal soccer match at Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Tuesday, July 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Eugenio Savio)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian midfielder Willian was ruled out of Sunday’s Copa América final because of a right thigh injury.

Brazil’s soccer body said the substitute player will remain with the squad regardless.

Willian felt pain during Tuesday’s 2-0 win over Argentina at the Mineirão Stadium in Belo Horizonte.

He scored one goal in the tournament in Brazil’s 5-0 win against Peru in the third match of group stage.

Willian was called to the squad after star striker Neymar picked up a right ankle injury days before Copa América’s opening match.

Brazil will play the final at the historic Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

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The opponent will be either defending champions Chile or underdogs Peru.

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