The host of the 2021 Copa America Brazil began their campaign to defend theirs on a very perfect as they thrashed Covid-affected Venezuela side 3-0 in the tournament’s opening game. Paris Saint-Germain star player Neymar scored one and provided an assist to help his side claim all three points in the game.
Brazil Beat Venezuela in Copa America Opening Game
The former Barcelona player scored the second goal from the penalty spot before setting up Gabriel Barbosa later. The first goal came from Paris St-Germain defender Marquinhos. He opened the scoring in the first 23rd-minute of the game.
Nine-time winners Brazil won the first Copa America title in 12 years in 2019. A day before the start of the tournament, it was reported that twelve of Venezuela’s players and coaching staff have tested positive for coronavirus. However, the team still had to play with the remaining players.
They are all in Group A, which also includes Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. Colombia also won their opening game against Ecuador 1-0. Neymar’s goal in the game was his 67th international goal for Brazil, closing up on John Pele’s national record of 77 international goals.