Brazil kick off under-fire Copa America with win over Venezuela
Brazil has started off Copa America 2021 with a 3-0 success over COVID-hit Venezuela as the much-went against competition started off in Brasilia on Sunday.
Marquinhos, Neymar and Gabriel Barbosa scored in the initial game at Mane Garrincha arena on Sunday, not exactly a day after a few Venezuelan players tried positive for COVID-19.
South American football administering body, CONMEBOL, picked Brazil as host fourteen days prior regardless of its disturbing COVID-19 figures, after Argentina and Colombia were dropped as co-has.
Regardless of his resistance to arranging the competition in his nation of origin, Brazil commander Casemiro said the reigning champs expected to hold their prize.
“It very well may be an agreeable, Copa America or World Cup qualifiers, we play it to win,” said Casemiro after his side’s success.
“Venezuela had guarding, they needed a draw. However, we were engaged and we were forceful in the last third of the pitch.”
Venezuela brought 15 new players at short notification after eight crew individuals tried positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, and the interruption appeared on the field.
Brazil opened the scoring in the 23rd moment after a corner kick finished with Marquinhos striking from short proximity.
Brazil mentor Tite – who likewise went against holding the competition – took Lucas Paqueta off at halftime, yet kept Roberto Firmino on the seat. All things being equal, Everton Ribeiro went on and gave more dynamism on the right flank.
Ribeiro discovered Danilo on the right edge of the container, and the Brazilian was pushed to the ground. Neymar tranquilly scored from the spot in the 63rd to make it 2-0.
Neymar spilled past Graterol and crossed for Barbosa to chest the ball into the unfilled net in the 89th to seal the house side’s success.
Somewhere else, Edwin Cardona scored the lone objective of the game as Colombia hung on under the gun to start their Group B crusade with a 1-0 success over Ecuador.
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It was business as usual after the break as substitute Alex Sandro from distance and Richarlison with a header both shot over the bar.
Neymar by one way or another neglected to turn home a cross-cum-shot from Gabriel Jesus from three yards out yet on 64 minutes he multiplied the lead from the punishment spot.
Yohan Cumana awkwardly cut down Danilo in the case and Neymar sent Graterol the incorrect path from 12 yards.
The hosts took their foot off the gas however Neymar continued testing and was denied a second by Graterol following a mazy run and shot from inside the case.
Neymar then, at that point made the third, adjusting Graterol prior to intersection for Gabriel Barbosa to chest home from scarcely a yard out.
“He’s fostered the capacity to make. Right foot, left foot, he’s become an erratic player,” Brazil mentor Tite enthused about Neymar.
Edwin Cardona scored the solitary objective of the game as Colombia hung on constrained to start their Group B crusade with a 1-0 success over Ecuador – who whipped them 6-1 the last time the sides met in a World Cup qualifier in November.
Colombia’s objective was a wondrous thing with Cardona taking a short free-kick to Juan Cuadrado, who chipped the ball into the case for Miguel Borja to head down into the way of Cardona to volley home.
It was at first refused for offside yet a VAR audit showed that while three Colombian players were past the cautious line, Cardona and Borja were onside.
Ecuador approached a second half equalizer through Pervis Estupinan however Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina splendidly tipped his free-kick around the post.