Brazil cruise to Copa win over Covid-depleted Venezuela

Star forward Neymar netted a charge and produced a 2nd as hosts Brazil relieved to a 3-0 success over a coronavirus-depleted Venezuela on Sunday in the opening match of the 2021 Copa America.

Center-back Marquinhos opened the scored midway through the very first half and Gabriel sealed the win a minute from time.

In a competition currently postponed a year and moved from its initial hosts Argentina and Colombia due to the pandemic, it was fitting that the coronavirus must take centre-stage right approximately the competition kick-off.

Played in front of an empty Hair Garrincha arena in Brasilia due to Covid-19 limitations, Brazil played down the continent’s minnows, who got here with a makeshift side missing out on a minimum of 8 gamers who were eliminated after evaluating favorable for coronavirus the day in the past.

Venezuela called 15 emergency situation replacements however might still just call 7 out of a possible 12 replacements due to an absence of readily available gamers.

The video game went on and, naturally, ruling champs Brazil were well on top.

Richarlison was rejected from close quarters by Venezuela’s goalkeeper Joel Graterol early on prior to the forward snapped a header broad kind a corner.

Centre-back Eder Militao was likewise off target with a header while Graterol succeeded to hold a Danilo volley from range.

Venezuela produced little moving forward however Jose Martinez did have the Brazil defence back-pedalling with a hazardous burst prior to winning a corner that came to absolutely nothing.

Brazil took the lead on 23 minutes when Richarlison snapped on a Neymar corner that deflected into Marquinhos’s course inside the six-yard box, enabling the centre-back to bundle house.

Richarlison had an objective eliminated for offside while Neymar exceptionally fired broad from 12 backyards out as Brazil threatened to put the video game to bed prior to half-time.

It was more of the very same after the break as alternative Alex Sandro from range and Richarlison with a header both shot over the bar.

Neymar in some way stopped working to turn house a cross-cum-shot from Gabriel Jesus from 3 backyards out however on 64 minutes he doubled the lead from the charge area.

Yohan Cumana awkwardly reduced Danilo in package and Neymar sent out Graterol the incorrect method from 12 backyards.

The hosts took their foot off the gas however Neymar kept penetrating and was rejected a 2nd by Graterol following a mazy run and shot from inside package.

Neymar then produced the 3rd, rounding Graterol prior to crossing for Gabriel to chest house from hardly a backyard out.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.