Brazil scored early in their Copa America tie with Peru on Thursday before adding three more in a comfortable second half to run out 4-0 winners.

The result means Brazil, reigning champions, are the first team in the tournament to win both their first games, and immediately go to the top of Group B, two points ahead of Colombia, who drew 0-0 with Venezuela earlier in the day.

Brazil took the lead in the 12th minute when Alex Sandro slammed home a Gabriel Jesus cut-back from six metres out.

Neymar saw a penalty award taken away after a VAR review, but midway through the second half he angled a low shot past a despairing goalkeeper to double their lead.

Substitute Éverton Ribeiro made it 3-0 in the 89th minute when he scored from a Richarlison cross, before Richarlison himself claimed a fourth in stoppage time.

Earlier, an understrength Venezuela managed just one shot at goal for the second game in a row but shut out a superior Colombia at the other end to grab a point in Goiania.

Venezuela are one of only two nations never to win the Copa América and their already slim chances were damaged before the tournament began when eight players tested positive for Covid-19 and were forced to self-isolate.

All told, players or officials from four of the 10 teams are now isolating due to positive Covid tests. The damage was telling for Venezuela in a game where they mustered just one shot at goal compared to Colombia’s 17, requiring a dazzling performance from their goalkeeper Wuilker Faríñez to keep a clean sheet.



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