A tearful Neymar impressed hosts Brazil to turn into the primary aspect to qualify for the Copa America knock-out levels following a 4-0 win over Peru in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday. Objectives from Alex Sandro, Neymar, Everton Ribeiro, and Richarlison gave the holders a ninth straight win and an ideal six factors from two video games in Group B as Peru dropped to the underside. There was little between the 2 sides within the first half however Brazil’s better high quality made the distinction after the break as talisman Neymar impressed them to an in the end comfy victory.
“It’s emotional for me because many things happened in these last two years that were difficult, complicated,” stated Neymar because the tears flowed.
Two years in the past he missed Brazil’s Copa triumph on residence soil by way of damage, though earlier than the match started he was accused of rape, a case that was dismissed over a scarcity of proof.
His 68th objective in 107 video games for his nation took him to inside 9 of the document set by Brazil’s nice Pele.
“It’s an honor for me to be part of the Brazilian national team history. To be honest, my dream was always to play for the Selecao, to wear this jersey. I never imagined achieving these numbers.”
It took Brazil 10 minutes to get a shot on objective, and after they did it got here from the unlikely boot of defensive midfielder Fred, who fired over.
A minute later the Selecao had been in entrance as Everton’s cross from the left skimmed off a Peru head and landed on the toes of Gabriel Jesus on the again put up. The Manchester Metropolis ahead picked out Alex Sandro arriving unmarked six yards out to fireside residence.
Fabinho was subsequent to check his sights however fizzed a drive from 25 yards simply huge.
It was a cagey affair, with Peru having fun with the better possession however neither aspect actually threatened once more till the stroke of halftime when Alex Sandro shot over from the sting of the field.
Brazil run riot
After the break, Brazil continued to create higher probabilities as right-back Danilo bought ahead to lash a half-volley huge from the sting of the world.
Brazil thought that they had a penalty on the hour mark when Neymar tumbled within the field underneath stress from Renato Tapia, however because the Paris Saint-Germain star waited to take the spot-kick, Argentine referee Patricio Loustau went over to test the pitchside monitor and reversed his choice.
Neymar did not have to attend lengthy for his probability to attain, as Peru turned over possession in midfield on 68 minutes and Fred performed the ball into the striker, who turned rapidly to fireside low previous goalkeeper Pedro Gallese from 20 yards.
The hosts began to play with freedom and substitute Richarlison introduced a superb save out of Gallese after he was arrange by Neymar, who later shot huge.
Peru ought to have gotten again into it 12 minutes from time however Luis Abram and Alex Valera each contrived to overlook an open objective from contained in the six-yard field.
Neymar and substitute Roberto Firmino had probabilities to wrap up the win however the third objective lastly got here a minute from time as Richarlison teed up one other substitute in Everton Ribeiro to faucet residence from six yards out.
And Richarlison bought the objective his superb cameo deserved in stoppage time.
Venezuela held out underneath intense stress in a fractious native derby in opposition to Colombia to safe their first level on the Copa America after a 0-0 attract Goiania.
Goalkeeper Wuilker Farinez made a string of superb saves, significantly within the closing levels, to maintain out the Colombians, who noticed a late Miguel Borja objective dominated out for offside. Colombia additionally completed the sport with 10 males after Luis Diaz was despatched off deep into damage time.
Colombia completed the sport with 23 pictures to simply two — together with none on the right track — from Venezuela however the “Red Wine” held out for a much-needed level. Venezuela had been nonetheless severely depleted from a Covid outbreak of their camp that disadvantaged the workforce of eight gamers of their 3-0 defeat to hosts Brazil on Sunday.
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