Fresh off their 3-0 win over Venezuela in the opening match of the 2021 Copa America, Brazil will now be ready to take on Peru this Thursday.
Peru will be missing a number of key players for the game, and even at their very best, it was always going to be an uphill battle against Brazil.
It’s going to be a difficult one for Peru.
|Recently claiming their first victory after an eight-game winless streak, Peru have had issues on the international stage and are stumbling through Conmebol’s World Cup qualifying. Pick Brazil for the win, this could be another significant result for the Copa America hosts.|
|Brazil vs Peru Information|
|Teams||Brazil vs Peru|
|Location||Estadio Olimpico Nilton Santos (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)|
|Time||Thursday, June 17th at 8:00 pm ET|
|How to Watch||FS1, TUDN|
Almost as if making a statement, Brazil dominated possession and launched 18 shots in their 3-0 win over Venezuela last week.
As the favorites to lift the Copa America trophy — and also as the current title-holders — Brazil were nothing short of efficient and flashy in their one-sided result against their opponents.
Venezuela never seemed to truly have a chance.
After creating three goalscoring chances in the first half, they soon crumbled to Brazil’s pressure and went the entirety of the 2nd half without a single shot.
Neymar was dangerous with his movement, Casemiro was vital through his control of the midfield, and in the backline, Marquinhos was superb with his workrate and goal.
This competition is Brazil’s to lose, and in their path towards what should likely be a deep run in the knockout round, Peru might prove to be a small hurdle along the way.
A goal, an assist, and several key passes in the final third — not bad from Neymar against Venezuela.
The 29-year-old was a constant threat in the match as he casually dribbled through the left flank ,and at times, into the center of the pitch.
Neymar was near-perfect for Brazil, and as not only a goalscorer but also a chance creator, he will undoubtedly be one of the noteworthy figures that will challenge Peru’s defense.
And if his tournament-opener was any hint, Neymar appears to be highly motivated to help Brazil win another Copa America championship.
As mentioned earlier, even if Peru had all of their top talent, they would still be the heavy underdogs against Brazil.
Without some injured and unavailable names, the task at hand has now become far greater.
Striker Paolo Guerrero is recovering from an injury, defender Luis Advincula has yet to finish his club season with Rayo Vallecano, Jefferson Farfan continues to have knee problems — the list goes on.
It’s going to be fascinating to see how manager Ricardo Gareca is able to compensate for some of these absences, likely needing to rely on a few inexperienced options.
There’s much to like about Brazil’s attack with names like Neymar, Richarlison and Gabriel Jesus helping lead the charge, but the national team’s defense is worthy of immense credit as well.
Against Venezuela, fullbacks Renan Lodi and Danilo were influential through their distribution and high-pressing runs.
In the heart of the backline, Marquinhos and Eder Militao were also hugely important with their clearances and long passes forward.
Marquinhos also showcased that he could be an attacking threat as well. Off a corner in the 23rd minute, the defender stepped up to score Brazil’s first goal of the tournament.
At the moment, it’s tough to think of serious weaknesses in Brazil’s squad.
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