A Brazilian team that’s been named the world’s best by a poll of journalists has lost in the Copa América final to Ecuador.
The team from Brazilian champions Chapecoenses lost 3-1 to Ecuador in a thrilling match on Thursday.
It was the first time in a Copa Americas final that a Brazilian team had been eliminated by a non-Brazilian team.
Chapecoences coach Roberto da Silva admitted his team did not deserve to be eliminated, but said he had “never seen a team of that caliber before.”
“It was one of the hardest games we played in our history,” da Silva said.
“But we had to overcome.”
Brazil was also named the best team in the world by the Associated Press and was awarded a $10 million prize.
The Associated Press said the results of the poll are not yet final, and that the results will be announced on Saturday.
The top 10 in the final will be named on Saturday, when the winners are announced.
The Copa America is the top tier of the Copacabana, the Copas de Copa, the Americas Club Championships and the Copana de Técnico.
It is the most prestigious international soccer tournament in the Americas.