Copa America 2021: Brazil trash Venezuela 3-0 to kick start their campaign

Venezuela were forced to make several changes to their squad following a covid-19 outbreak. Nearly twelve players and staff tested positive.

Neymar in a file photo; Image credit: Twitter/Copa America
By Amruth Kalidas | Jun 14, 2021 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Brazil started off their Copa America campaign with an easy 3-0 win over Venezuela in Group A. The hosts squandered numerous chances to score. They were leading 1-0 going into the second half through a goal from Marquinhos. Then a penalty was awarded after Luis Martinez was fouled in the 64th minute. Neymar calmy put the ball back of the net to give the host a two-goal advantage. Gabriel Barbosa scored the third and final goal in the 89th minute which saw Tite’s team earn three deserved points. 

Brazil finished the day with 18 shots, seven on frame, but they missed so many clear chances to blow this one open early. Venezuela, dealing with double digit positive Covid cases in their side, competed well but produced just one shot on goal. 

Venezuela was forced to make several changes to their squad following a covid-19 outbreak. Nearly twelve players and staff were tested positive, as a result of which several players were brought in as replacements. 


Neymar kept making his appearance known with some scintillating passes and crosses into the box. His corners were a real menace for the crowded Venezuela box. 23 minutes into the first half Brazil finally scored their opening goal. A result of Neymar corner. Richarlison flicked the corner into the box; Marquinhos was excellent in outmuscling the defender and smartly finished to give the hosts the lead.

Although Brazil had nine attempts in the half, they were unable to score another goal.

Brazil brought on Alex Sandro and Everton Ribeiro in the second half in hopes of ramping up the game a bit more. Brazil went on to create plenty of chances in the second half as well. The Selecao had an easy time with the build-up play. However, they lacked the final product.

In the 62nd minute, the Venezuelan Yohan Cumana tripped Martinez in the box, and the referee pointed to the spot. Neymar stepped up and slotted in the second goal of the night. Sending the keeper one way before rolling it down the other way.

In the 89th Minute, Brazil sealed the deal as substitute Gabriel Barbosa headed the ball into an empty net after Neymar dribbled past the outrushing Venezuelan keeper and floated in the ball for Barbosa to make it 3-0.

Brazil will face Peru and Venezuela will go up against Colombia on 18th June.

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