PSG superstar Neymar scored for Brazil as they beat Peru 4-0 on Thursday night to maintain a perfect start to their 2021 Copa America campaign in Group B.
Brazil manager Tite made six changes to the side that beat Venezuela 3-0 in the opening game on Sunday, but it was still a very strong XI with Neymar and Champions League winner, Thiago Silva in the lineup.
The hosts were confident that they would beat last edition’s finalists on Thursday and started the match at a leisurely pace, moving the ball nicely and keeping possession.
The Samba Boys went ahead in the 12th minute when Alex Sandro smashed the ball into the post from a Gabriel Jesus assist. Peru keeper Pedro Gallese could not do anything to stop the goal.
Brazil made a couple of changes at half-time, bringing Richarlison and Everton Ribeiro on for Gabriel Barbosa and Everton, respectively.
Neymar had a penalty shout just after the hour mark and thought it was awarded before a VAR check overturned the referee’s initial decision.
However, minutes later, the Paris Saint-Germain star found the back of the net with a quick turn and shot from outside the penalty area to beat Gallese and double Brazil’s lead.
The goal was Neymar’s fifth in his last five games in international competition and moved him within nine of tying Pele’s all-time scoring record for Brazil.
Richarlison was the most impressive player for the Selecao as the Everton man assisted Everton Ribeiro with a delightful cross before scoring himself.
Brazil lead their group with six points and will play second-placed Colombia next on June 23