Copa America: Neymar inspires Brazil to win over Peru


Brazil celebrate a goal
Richarlison (left) and Neymar (right) both scored in Brazil’s win over Peru

Neymar moved to within nine goals of Pele’s all-time scoring record as Brazil eased past Peru to earn a second win at the Copa America.

The hosts led early on when Juventus’ Alex Sandro fired in from six yards.

After half-time, Neymar notched his 68th goal for his country; Pele later saying he was “rooting” for the Paris St-Germain striker to break his record.

Substitutes Everton Ribeiro and Richarlison added late goals to send Brazil top of Group B with two wins.

Brazil manager Tite has now seen his side score seven goals without reply following their opening 3-0 win over Venezuela as they set about defending the Copa America title they won in 2019.

Neymar sits above former striker Ronaldo in the country’s all-time scoring records.

“These numbers are nothing compared to the happiness that I get from representing my country and my family,” Neymar said.

“It’s obviously a great honour for me to be part of the Brazil team’s history. To be completely honest, my dream was always to play for Brazil, to wear this shirt. I never imagined I would reach these numbers.”

Pele later wrote on Instagram: “Today, he took another step towards my goalscoring record for the national team.

“And I’m rooting for him to get there, with the same joy I’ve had since I saw him play for the first time.”

Brazil face Colombia next on 23 June before completing their Group B fixtures against Ecuador.

Four teams from each of the five-team groups will progress to the quarter-final stage.

Line-ups

Brazil

Formation 4-4-2

  • 23Ederson
  • 2DaniloSubstituted forLeite de Souza Juniorat 84′minutes
  • 14Militão
  • 3Thiago Silva
  • 6Lobo SilvaSubstituted forLodi dos Santosat 77′minutes
  • 9Gabriel JesusBooked at 59minsSubstituted forFirminoat 72′minutes
  • 15Fabinho
  • 8Fred
  • 19Sousa SoaresSubstituted forde Barros Ribeiroat 45′minutes
  • 21Barbosa AlmeidaSubstituted forRicharlisonat 45′minutes
  • 10Neymar

Substitutes

  • 1Alisson
  • 4Marquinhos
  • 5Casemiro
  • 7Richarlison
  • 11de Barros Ribeiro
  • 12Pereira da Silva
  • 13Leite de Souza Junior
  • 16Lodi dos Santos
  • 17Tolentino Coelho de Lima
  • 18Vinícius Júnior
  • 20Firmino
  • 25Douglas Luiz

Peru

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Gallese
  • 3Corzo
  • 15RamosBooked at 23mins
  • 2Abram
  • 16López
  • 13Tapia
  • 19YotúnBooked at 44minsSubstituted forAriasat 74′minutes
  • 18Carrillo
  • 8PeñaSubstituted forIbericoat 67′minutes
  • 10CuevaSubstituted forTávaraat 74′minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 9LapadulaSubstituted forValeraat 67′minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Santamaría
  • 5Araujo
  • 7Távara
  • 11Valera
  • 12Cáceda
  • 17Iberico
  • 21Carvallo
  • 22Callens
  • 23Arias
  • 24García
  • 25Garcés
  • 26Lora

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