Brazil scored early in the game and then added three more in a controlling second half to defeat Peru 4-0 in their Copa America match on Thursday, with Neymar in good form and scoring a goal that moved him beyond Ronaldo on the country’s all-time goals record.
Brazil is the first side in the competition to win both of its opening games, and they now lead Group B by two points over Colombia, which drew 0-0 with Venezuela earlier in the day.
Even though coach Tite switched his lineup, starting Ederson, Alex Sandro, Thiago Silva, Everton, and Gabriel Barbosa, the reigning champions scored after only 12 minutes when Alex Sandro volleyed home a cutback from Gabriel Jesus.
Peru, who reached the final of the last Copa America only to lose 3-1 to Brazil, was not intimidated, but they simply couldn’t equal a team that was sharper, faster, and more resilient.
Brazil took control of the game as the game progressed, thanks to Fabinho’s dominant presence in midfield and Neymar’s constant threat moving forward. Neymar scored his second goal midway through the second half.
After consulting with the Video Assistant Referee, the Paris Saint Germain player had a penalty award overturned, but he was not deterred, and when his marker left him too much space a moment later, he sent a low shot past a despairing Pedro Gallese from just beyond the box.
It was Neymar’s fourth goal in Brazil’s previous four games and his 68th overall, moving him one goal ahead of Ronaldo on the all-time goalscoring list in Brazil.
In stoppage time, Richarlison added a fourth goal by snagging a loose ball into the net from a prostrate position close to the goal.
Substitute Everton Ribeiro made it 3-0 in the 89th minute when he converted a Richarlison cross.
Alex Valera slammed the ball over the bar with the goal at his mercy 12 minutes from time, missing Peru’s biggest chance.
Brazil has won the Copa America every time they have hosted the tournament, and they are looking strong once again this year, with their ninth consecutive victory at Rio’s Olympic Stadium. During that time, they have scored 26 goals while only conceding two.