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.
In spite of his resistance to organizing 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 protecting, they needed a draw. Be that as it may, we were engaged and we were forceful in the last third of the pitch.” Venezuela gathered 15 new players at short notification after eight crew individuals tried positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, and the disturbance 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 additionally 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.
Focus back Marquinhos opened the scored halfway through the main half and Gabriel Barbosa fixed the Group B win a moment from time. In a competition previously deferred a year and moved from its unique hosts Argentina and Colombia because of the pandemic, it was fitting that the Covid should become the dominant focal point straight up to the competition start off. Played before a vacant Mane Garrincha arena in Brasilia because of Covid-19 limitations, Brazil downplayed the landmass’ minnows, who showed up with an improvised side missing eight players precluded subsequent to testing positive for Covid the other day. Venezuela called up 15 crisis substitutions yet could in any case just name seven out of a potential 12 substitutes because of an absence of accessible players. “It’s not simply being without central members, we didn’t have the opportunity to plan better for this group,” whined Venezuela’s Portuguese mentor Jose Peseiro.
The game went on and, typically, defending champs Brazil were well on top. “The three focuses are significant. We needed to begin well paying little heed to our adversaries having players out,” said Brazil chief Casemiro. Following brief’s quietness to recall Covid casualties, Richarlison was denied from short proximity by Venezuela’s goalkeeper Joel Graterol almost immediately before the forward flicked a header wide structure a corner. Focus back Eder Militao was additionally askew with a header while Graterol did well to hold a Danilo volley from distance. Venezuela created minimal going ahead however Jose Martinez had the Brazil guard retreating with a risky burst prior to winning a corner that failed miserably. Brazil started to lead the pack on 23 minutes when Richarlison flicked on a Neymar corner that avoided into Marquinhos’ way inside the six-yard box, permitting the middle back to package home.
Richarlison had an objective precluded for offside while Neymar unbelievably terminated wide from 12 yards out as Brazil took steps to take care of the game before half-time. 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 some way or another neglected to turn home a cross-cum-shot from Gabriel Jesus from three yards out however on 64 minutes he multiplied the lead from the punishment spot. Yohan Cumana cumbersomely cut down Danilo in the case and Neymar sent Graterol the incorrect route from 12 yards.
The hosts took their foot off the gas however Neymar continued examining and was denied a second by Graterol following a mazy run and shot from inside the crate. 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 lone objective of the game as Colombia hung on compelled 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 wonderful 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 prohibited for offside however a VAR survey showed that while three Colombian players were past the guarded 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.