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Neymar Shines In Brazil's Copa America Opening Win

Neymar bagged a goal and an assist as Brazil began the defence of their Copa America crown with a 3-0 win over Venezuela.

Copa America

Result: Brazil 3-0 Venezuela

Date: 14 June 2021

Venue: Estádio Nacional de Brasilia

Alisson Becker, Renan Lodi and Lucas Paqueta were drafted in to the Brazil line-up, as Ederson Alex Sandro and Firmino fell to the bench.

Selecao, who had not lost to Venezuela in their last eight meetings, had the upper hand in the early stages as Richarlison and Eder Militao went close to scoring in the opening 15 minutes.

The defending champions didn't have to wait too long for the opening goal as Richarlison's flick-on from Neymar's corner found Marquinhos, who bundled the ball home from close range.

Venezuela, meanwhile, had to wait until the 39th minute for their first meaningful opening at goal after Fernando Aristeguieta got on the end of Jose Martinez's cross but Alisson was on hand to make the save.

Brazil coach Tite opted for a double change at the start of the second half, with Sandro and Everton Ribeiro replacing Lodi and Paqueta.

The hosts continued threatening and were awarded a penalty on the hour mark when Yohan Cumana brought down Danilo in the box, which allowed Neymar to convert from the spot.

While Venezuela struggled to carve out chances, Brazil nearly added a third goal on 81 minutes as Neymar sent a curling effort into the side-netting.

The third goal did arrive on 89 minutes as Neymar turned provider, pulling the ball back for Gabriel Barbosa who made no mistake from close range to wrap up the win.

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