BRASILIA: Defending champions Brazil fulfilled predictions when they sealed a comfortable 3-0 victory over Venezuela in the opening match of Group A of the Copa America, just now.
In the spectator-free action at the Mane Garrincha Stadium, Brazil took full advantage of the turmoil that hit Venezuela after eight of the team’s players tested positive for COVID-19 the day before the match.
The Selecao squad did not wait long to be in front when defender Marquinhos opened the scoring in the 23rd minute before their sensational star Neymar completed a 64th-minute penalty.
Gabriel Barbosa completed Brazil’s down-to-earth victory in a mission to defend the championship won in 2019 when he blasted home a third goal in the 89th minute.
The group’s second action sees Brazil go down against Peru, while Venezuela meet Colombia this Friday.