Holders and hosts Brazil will look to continue their strong run when they meet Peru Thursday night in the second round of the Copa America Group B football competition.
The Seleção hit hard in the opening match when he honored Venezuela with a 3-0 win, the star of which was the French Paris Saint-Germain playmaker Neymar da Silva Junior, by scoring the second goal from a penalty kick (64), and making the third goal scored by Gabriel Barbosa “Gabigol” (89), He was also the executor of the corner kick from which his colleague in the Parisian club Marquinhos opened the scoring in the 23rd minute.
Brazil coach Tite praised his star, saying, “When Neymar is good physically and mentally, good things happen. A player of this technical quality is unpredictable what he can do.”
“When he plays in the second half of the field, it is better for him and he is safe, as the opponents are afraid of making a mistake in a dangerous part of the field. So we build the team’s playing style in a way that they get fewer balls, but based on deal with it more effectively.
Neymar, 29, is looking for his first title with the Brazilian national team in the Copa America, after he missed the last edition that won the title due to injury.
Neymar, crowned with Brazil in the Confederations Cup in 2013 and the gold of the Olympics in Rui de Janeiro in 2016, is going through his best period at the present time. The unified group with the full score after achieving six victories from 6 matches.
Neymar also sets the record for the number of international goals held by “King” Pele with 77 goals, only 10 goals separate from him.
Brazil leads Group B with three points, with a goal difference against Colombia, who also meet injured Venezuela on Thursday, while Peru plays its first match in the continental championship, as the group includes five teams.
The top four teams in the first and second groups qualify for the quarter-finals.
Peru enters the match excited by its precious victory over its host Ecuador 2-1 on the ninth of this month, compensating for its loss at home 3-0 to Colombia five days earlier.
The match brings to mind the hot final of the last edition two years ago, when Brazil won with ten players 3-1 at the Maracana stadium on July 7, 2019, after which Peru succeeded in revenge in an international friendly match (1-0) in September of the same year, before losing at home 2-4 in the second round of qualifying for the Qatar World Cup 2022 on October 14, in a match that Peru completed this time with nine players.
Colombia is no different from Brazil, as it monitors the second successive victory after the first over Ecuador 1-0, in order to go a long way towards the quarter-finals.
Colombia, which won two wins in its last three matches (beating Peru 3-0 and forcing Argentina to a 2-2 draw in the last two rounds of World Cup qualifiers), is hoping to exploit the shaky morale of Venezuela players after the humiliating loss to Brazil in the opening match.
Venezuela suffered catastrophic conditions in the opening match, as it missed at least eight players after the results of their positive tests for the “Covid-19” virus came one day before the match.
Venezuela called up 15 substitute players, but had seven out of 12 substitutes due to a shortage of available players.
The fate of the tournament was saved at the last minute, after the Confederation of African Football (CONMEBOL) decided to withdraw the organization from Colombia and Argentina, the first due to violent anti-government protests, and the second due to the outbreak of the Corona virus, the honor of organizing it was granted to Brazil, which in turn is suffering from a rapid spread of the epidemic.
Several local parties opposed holding the tournament in Brazil, but the Supreme Court ended hearing on the demand that the tournament not be held, with six judges out of 11 voting in favor of holding it.
On Tuesday, the Brazilian Ministry of Health announced that 53 people had been infected with the Corona virus among all the delegations participating in the Copa America.
The ministry said in a statement that since Sunday, the start of the opening match in Brasilia, “53 cases of COVID-19 have been reported, including 27 cases among players and delegates and 26 service providers appointed to the event,” without specifying the number of cases in each team.
The day before the start of the whistle, CONMEBOL also discovered that four players from the Bolivia national team were injured, after which two cases were confirmed within the Colombian team.
On Tuesday, the Peruvian delegation announced that the team’s physical trainer had contracted the virus.
The Brazilian government said that so far, 3,045 checks had been carried out among the delegations and groups participating in the tournament.