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Sport Soccer-Brazil open Copa America with 3-0 win over Venezuela

02:52  14 june  2021
02:52  14 june  2021 Source:   reuters.com

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Hosts Brazil began the defence of their Copa America title with a comfortable victory over a Covid-affected Venezuela in the tournament's opening match. Talisman Neymar scored one and assisted another, adding a second for Tite's side with a second-half penalty before setting up Gabriel Barbosa late on. The South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) removed Colombia as co-hosts in May amid anti-government protests and Argentina were later replaced because of rising Covid-19 cases in the country. The BBC is broadcasting all 28 games from the 2021 Copa America , which runs until

Copa America match preview for Brazil v Venezuela on 13 June 2021, includes latest club news, team head to head form, as well as last five matches. Both Teams Scored 0 / 3 .

BRASILIA (Reuters) -Brazil opened the 2021 Copa America with a 3-0 win over a depleted Venezuela on Sunday, dominating their inexperienced opponents from start to finish in a one-sided match.

a group of men playing a game of football: Copa America 2021 - Group A - Brazil v Venezuela © Reuters/UESLEI MARCELINO Copa America 2021 - Group A - Brazil v Venezuela

Defender Marquinhos scored the opening goal midway through the first half when he was fortunate to see his backheel squirm through a defender's legs and into the net.

Neymar netted his 67th international goal from the penalty spot 19 minutes into the second half after Danilo was felled in the box.

Substitute Gabriel Barbosa made it three with two minutes remaining when he chested home a cross from Neymar after the tireless Paris St Germain player had rounded the keeper.

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Copa America match preview for Brazil v Venezuela on 13 June 2021, includes latest club news, team head to head form, as well as last five matches. Both Teams Scored 0 / 3 .

Copa America match preview for Brazil v Venezuela on 13 June 2021, includes latest club news, team head to head form, as well as last five matches. Both Teams Scored 0 / 3 .

The Copa America was moved to Brazil with just two weeks notice after co-hosts Colombia were removed due to a wave of civil unrest and Argentina pulled out because of a COVID-19 surge there.

a group of young men playing a game of football: Copa America 2021 - Group A - Brazil v Venezuela © Reuters/HENRY ROMERO Copa America 2021 - Group A - Brazil v Venezuela

Nevertheless, players or officials from three countries have tested positive for the new coronavirus, with Venezuela losing eight players and calling up another 15 on the eve of the opener.

The changes meant Venezuela had two debutants in a line-up that included just three of the players who began their World Cup qualifier with Uruguay last Tuesday.

Venezuela have never beaten Brazil in a competitive match but they were not overawed on a rainy night in Brasilia and they were spared more blushes by a home side who, although they never looked like losing, were frequently wasteful in the last third of the field.

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Copa America match preview for Brazil v Venezuela on 13 June 2021, includes latest club news, team head to head form, as well as last five matches. Both Teams Scored 0 / 3 .

Copa America Match Report for Brazil v Venezuela on 19 June 2019, includes all goals and incidents. Have your say on the game in the comments. Brazil were booed at half-time of their eventual 3 - 0 win over Bolivia following a dour and scoreless first half. And the Selecao opened with real intent and intensity against Venezuela . Arthur – named in the starting XI at the expense of Fernandinho in the only change to the line-up – pulled the strings in midfield and he almost teed up David Neres but the Ajax star fired wide.

Richarlison in particular missed a series of half and full chances before making way for Gabriel Barbosa in 65 minutes.

"We knew we were going to come across a Venezuela that shut up shop and make it difficult for us to play," Marquinhos said. "But thanks be to God we were able to score in the first half and that helped us."

a group of football players on a field: Copa America 2021 - Group A - Brazil v Venezuela © Reuters/HENRY ROMERO Copa America 2021 - Group A - Brazil v Venezuela

"We know how important it is to score goals, especially in a game like this. Here the first goal is so important to open the game up and force your opponent to play a bit more."

a man playing a game of football: Copa America 2021 - Group A - Brazil v Venezuela © Reuters/HENRY ROMERO Copa America 2021 - Group A - Brazil v Venezuela

Brazil’s next game is against Peru on June 17, while Venezuela take on Colombia the same day. Ecuador, the fifth team in Group B, face Colombia later on Sunday.

(Writing by Andrew Downie, editing by Ed Osmond and Lincoln Feast.)

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The Copa America 2021 is off and underway in Brazil, and we've seen some great goals and the likes of Neymar and Lionel Messi are already off the mark. Your browser does not support this video [ LIVE: Updates from Copa America ] With plenty of players missing out due to positive COVID-19 cases, the likes of Venezuela have been severely hit by absentees as the tournament was moved from joint hosts Colombia and Argentina due to political unrest in the former and COVID cases in the latter.

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