Brazil thrashes Peru to the rhythm of Neymar and channels his pass to the quarterfinals

An instant from Brazil-Peru.

An instant from Brazil-Peru.

The brazilian team add and go. Without trying too hard and with another goal from Neymar, the hosts they beat Peru 4-0 on Thursday and they channeled their pass to the quarterfinals, on the second day of group B of the America's Cup 2020. Two games, two wins and the feeling that no one can sink their teeth into him. With a grass in poor condition, Canarinha defeated the white-and-red team at half gas as they did in the final of the 2019 edition. Alex Sandro opened the can at minute 12, Neymar expanded in 68 and, with Peru already down, Everton Ribeiro, in 89, and Richarlison, in 93, they closed the win at the Nilton Santos stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Ricardo Gareca's side controlled possession in some sections of the match, but was completely unproductive in attack in his debut in the tournament.

Brazil now leads group B with six points, two more than Colombia, which on Thursday drew goalless with Venezuela. Peru is bottom along with Ecuador, both blank and with one game less. The first four advance to the quarter round.

Tite put into play an eleven with six changes compared to the triumphant debut against Venezuela (3-0). The Copa América interpreted as a great test laboratory for Canarinha, which despite the experiments remains intractable. The coach was surprised because he also planted a line of four attackers with Everton 'Cebolinha', Gabriel Jesus, Gabigol and Neymar, immovable for Tite, essential for the aspirations of Brazil. Gale was coming, although in the first half it did not seem like it. In fact, the Peruvian team connected with relative ease in the center due to the apparent passivity of the hosts.

But the truth is that Brazil had little to do to get ahead on the scoreboard. He warned first with a distant shot from Fred and on the next play scored the first through Alex Sandro. Center from the left of Everton Cebolinha, Gabriel Jesus receives after a deflection of the white and red defense and puts the ball to the heart of the area for the first shot of the Juventus side. Too easy.

With the wind in favor, Brazil lowered revolutions and gave possession to the Gareca team. Crouching, he waited for the counterattack and was at the mercy of Neymar's flourishes, who suffered from the fouls of the visitors. But the runner-up in the last Copa América hardly bothered Ederson. He only presented danger in a long-distance shot by Tapia and in a dangerous play by Cueva, forgiven after being surprised at a party hours before joining the concentration in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, which Yotún missed.

Brazil, almost unintentionally, rounded the second in a Neymar start that ended in the Alex Sandro area crown. This time his shot went high. Before, Fabinho also tried it from outside the area.

At halftime, Tite made two changes in search of greater control of the game. He put in the creative Everton Ribeiro and the attacker Richarlison for 'Cebolinha' and 'Gabigol'. The team improved remarkably. However, the goal of tranquility was still missing. Neymar tried to deceive the referee when jumping into the pool after a slight contact of Tapia. Patricio Loustau decreed a penalty, but the VAR corrected him. The decision prompted the Paris Saint-Germain striker, as less than ten minutes later he received a ball at the entrance of the area, settled down and threw crossed, low, to write down the second of the night. Leaving spaces for shirt 10 is a mortal sin and it was what Christian Ramos did. Fatal error.

Peru was able to cut distances in the last minutes on a very clear occasion, a few meters from the goal line, which sent Valera, who had come off the bench, to the clouds.

In the final minutes, Peru lowered its arms and Brazil took advantage of it to score two more through Everton Ribeiro, in a play in which Neymar also intervened, and Richarlison. Forceful victory to establish itself as the main favorite of this controversial Copa América.


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