The Brazilian soccer team, at half machine, beat its similar from Venezuela 3-0 this Sunday and thus opened the Copa América 2021, a tournament that began amid controversy and with the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic, which has affected to several of the participating delegations.
The defender Marquinhos (22′), Neymar (63′) and Gabriel Barbosa “Gabigol” (88′) sentenced the easy Brazilian victory against a timid Venezuelan team that felt the changes forced at the last minute by an outbreak of coronavirus that separated eight players one day before the match.
The pupils of coach Tite imposed conditions from the opening whistle of the Uruguayan referee Esteban Ostojich at the Mané Garrincha National Stadium in the Brazilian capital.
Richarlison, twice, and Éder Militao worried goalkeeper Joel Graterol in the first ten minutes, foreshadowing the local dominance that would remain throughout the game.
Then it was Neymar and Danilo who preceded the first goal with dangerous plays.
Marquinhos opened the scoring after 22 minutes with a shot from the left foot after a corner kick taken by Neymar, his teammate in the French Paris Saint Germain.
Brazil finished the first half with a minimal advantage, which contrasted with the clear chances they had: two goals disallowed by Richarlison and a shot on the post by Neymar.
In the second half, things did not change and Nedymar, Richarlison and Gabriel Jesús brought Brazil closer together.
In the 61st minute, Danilo beat Luis Del Pino Mago and was later brought down by Yohan Cumaná. Ostojich’s penalty was executed flawlessly by Neymar two minutes later.
The third goal was converted by Gabigol in the 88th minute, after a combination of Neymar and Alex Sandro and the Flamengo striker defined with a cross shot over Graterol.
In the second hour, in Cuiabá (west), the teams from Colombia and Ecuador completed the first day of Group B, in which Peru rested.
On the next date, on Thursday, Brazil and Peru will meet in Rio de Janeiro (southeast) and Venezuela will face Colombia in Goiania (center). This Monday, for Group A, Argentina and Chile will debut in Rio de Janeiro and Paraguay and Bolivia in Goiania. Uruguay will rest on the first day. EFE. (JL).