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Neymar and his Seleçao teammates won 4-0 in their second game of the tournament.
With a very strong Neymar and once again a scorer, Brazil crushed Peru 4-0 on Thursday in Rio de Janeiro, signing their second victory in two Copa America matches.
In search of their tenth title in the tournament, the Brazilians inflicted another crushing defeat on Peruvians whom they had beaten in the final of the last edition, in 2019 (3-1).
Neymar, who has scored in La Seleçao’s last four matches, scored his 68th goal in 107 international matches, nine points off King Pelé’s record.
Brazil remain on a nine-game winning streak and haven’t conceded a goal in the last six meetings.
The last team to have found the net of the five-time world champions was precisely Peru, defeated 4-2 last October in Lima, during the qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup.
Following the 3-0 victory over Venezuela in the opener of this Copa America, Brazil coach Tite has decided to rotate his squad, with no less than six changes, leaving Marquinhos, Casemiro and Paqueta to rest.
The absence of “Marqui” allowed Thiago Silva to return to center stage, with the captain’s armband, after his thigh injury in the Champions League final won at the end of May with Chelsea.
At Nilton Santos Stadium, Brazil started off on a false pace, but needed only a counterattack to open the scoring, with Alex Sandro picking up a volley from a 12 ‘Gabriel Jesus cross.
La Seleçao rested on its laurels, letting the Peruvians take the game to their own, and Yotun almost equalized with a flick: goalkeeper Ederson was beaten, but Danilo intervened at the last minute to keep the Brazilian cage clean (39th ).
Somewhat borrowed in the first half, Brazil showed a better face after the break.
The referee whistled an unclear penalty on Neymar (59th), but eventually reversed his decision after consulting the VAR, when the Paris striker SG was ready to shoot.
It was only a postponement for the Brazilian number 10, who scored the second Brazilian goal with a strike between the legs of goalkeeper Gallese (68 ‘).
Neymar then played the conductors, starting in goal actions Everton Ribeiro (88 ‘), then Richarlison (90-3) late in the game.