Luis Suarez lambasted a Brazilian star who spoke before being eliminated: "He was De Arrascaeta’s substitute"


The Uruguayan national team became the last semifinalist of the 2024 Copa América after eliminate Brazil in an eventful match for the quarterfinals of the continental tournament. La Celeste was more effective in the penalty shootout despite not having Darwin Núñez or Luis Suarez during that part of the match. However, that was no impediment for the ‘Pistolero’ to celebrate the qualification, with a dig at one of his rivals included.

After the match between the two teams, the Uruguayan striker had no qualms about responding directly to the midfielder Andreas Pereirawho before the match had left a provocative phrase in which he praised the quality of the Brazilian midfield compared to the Uruguayan one.

What did Luis Suarez say to Andreas Pereira?

“To talk about Uruguay you have to have a little respect, know the history that Uruguay has before saying that there are players who want to be in the Brazilian national team. I will tell you that The one who said that comment was De Arrascaeta’s substitute.“The best player in Brazilian football, so imagine what it’s like for us to be touched like that,” Suarez told TNT Sports Brasil in the mixed zone.

With these words, the veteran attacker recalled the stage that Andreas Pereira, currently at Fulham in England, spent as a Flamengo player. Between 2021 and 2022, the Belgian-born player was Giorgian de Arrascaeta’s teammate at Mengao and, although he was not completely relegated to the substitutes’ bench, he was much less active than the Uruguayan during that period.

AUF also responded to Andreas Pereira

The official account of the Uruguayan Football Association (AUF) also did not miss the opportunity to take a dig at the Canarinha midfielder. In one of its posts, it shared the clip with Pereira’s words, to which he had already responded with the phrase “They called us to our game.”

This time, with the result already decided, the AUF dedicated a brief farewell message to the player. “Risk is optimism,” one could read in the comment.

The Uruguayan federation account responded twice to Andreas Pereira. Photo: screenshot from AUF/X

What did Andreas Pereira say before Uruguay vs. Brazil?

In the press conference prior to Uruguay vs. Brazil, Pereira boasted about the quality of the Scratch squad. “Our midfield is very good. They all play in the Premier League. It is qualified if we take name by name. It is a team that they would dream of having in Uruguay,” said the 28-year-old footballer.

How much was left for Uruguay vs. Brazil?

The duel between the Celeste and the Verdeamarelha, for the quarter-finals of the 2024 Copa América, ended in a goalless draw at the end of the 90 minutes. In the penalty shoot-out to break the tie, Uruguay won 4-2 thanks to goals from Federico Valverde, Rodrigo Bentancur, Giorgian de Arrascaeta and Manuel Ugarte.

Although José María Giménez’s shot was saved by Alisson, the goalkeeper Sergio Rochet also saved the shot of the Brazilian Eder MilitaoThis, together with Douglas Luiz’s mistake (he sent the ball into the post) decreed the victory of the Uruguayans in the series of penalty kicks.

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