(EFE) – The Brazilian soccer team, at half speed, beat 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 it has affected 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 game.
Tite’s team imposed conditions from the opening whistle of the Uruguayan referee Esteban Ostojich at the National Mané Garrincha stadium in the Brazilian capital.
Richarlison, twice, and Éder Militao unsettled goalkeeper Joel Graterol in the first ten minutes, heralding the local dominance that would remain throughout the match.
Then it was Neymar and Danilo who preceded the first goal with dangerous plays.
The scoring was opened in the 22nd minute by Marquinhos with a left-footed shot after a corner kick from Neymar, his teammate at French Paris Saint Germain.
Brazil finished the first half with a minimal advantage, which contrasted with the clear opportunities they had: two goals disallowed by Richarlison and a shot off the post by Neymar.
In the second half things did not change and Neymar, Richarlison and Gabriel Jesús again generated danger for Brazil.
In the 61st minute, Danilo passed Luis Del Pino Mago and was later brought down by Yohan Cumaná. The penalty sanctioned by Ostojich 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 that the Flamengo striker defined with a cross shot on Graterol.
In the second hour, in Cuiabá (west), the Colombian and Ecuadorian teams complete 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.