RIO DE JANEIRO: Hosts Brazil got off to a perfect start in the Copa America by thrashing Peru 4-0 thanks to goals from Alex Sandro, Neymar, Everton Ribeiro and Richarlison.
It was the ninth consecutive win for the Selecao who lead Group B by six points from two matches, while Peru slipped to the bottom of the table.
The gap in the first half was not too far between the two teams, but Brazil came out even fiercer in the second half with Neymar being the trigger for a big win for the hosts.
Brazil took the lead in the 12th minute through Alex Sandro who got a pass from Gabriel Jesus.
The 1-0 lead remained until the break. After the second half continued, Brazil continued to create chances and seemed to get a penalty kick when Neymar was brought down by Renato Tapia, but the referee canceled it after seeing a video of the referee’s assistance (VAR).
Neymar did not wait long to score and widened the gap in the 68th minute after getting a pass from Fred.
Peru got a chance to close the gap 12 minutes before the end, but Luis Abram and Alex Valera failed to capitalize on the opportunity.
Neymar and substitute Roberto Firmino also missed an opportunity to add to their tally, but Brazil’s third goal finally came a minute before the end through Everton’s Richarlison pass.
Substitute Richarlison completed Brazil’s victory in injury time.