Date: 14 June, 2021
Time: 2:30 AM IST
Venue: Estádio Nacional de Brasília, Brasília
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Copa America is all set to kick off with Brazil locking horns with Venezuela in the tournament opener on June 14 at Estádio Nacional de Brasília, Brasília. The defending champions are undoubtedly the favourites to win this tournament and will look forward to defend their title, which they won in 2019. The stage is set for an exciting opening clash with Tite’s men taking on Peseiro’s squad.
Dani Alves is injured at the moment and won’t feature in Brazil’s squad. Besides, there are doubts on the availability of Thiago Silva in the opening encounter for Brazil.
In a recent development, 12 members from Venezuela contingent have tested positive and would miss the tournament opener of Copa America. Venezuela captain Tomas Rincon has also been ruled out from the opening game owing to the virus.
Brazil have one of the strongest squads in Copa America and will look forward to make the most of it to defend their title. Brazil have had an unbeaten run in the recent weeks and registered comfortable victories against Paraguay and Ecuador last week. Neymar and Co. will be hopeful to kick off the tournament with a win, making the most use of their home advantage.
On the other hand, Venezuela faced a thrashing 3-1 defeat from Bolivia, followed by a goalless draw against Uruguay in the World Cup qualifiers last week. Venezuela are a robust defensive unit and will have to put in a massive shift to limit the Selecao attack. The likes of Neymar and Richarlison can be lethal as Brazil look to start the tournament with a big win.
Probable Starting XI:
Brazil: Alisson Becker; Danilo, Eder Militao, Marquinhos, Alex Sandro; Casemiro, Fabinho; Roberto Firmino, Richarlison, Neymar, Gabriel Jesus
Venezuela: Joel Graterol; Alexander González, Nahuel Ferraresi, Adrian Martínez, Luis Mago; Jefferson Savarino, Junior Moreno, Christian Cásseres, Bernaldo Manzano; Fernando Aristigueta and Sergio Córdova.
Goalkeeper: Alisson Becker
Defenders: Danilo Silva, Marquinhos, Eder Militao, Alex Sandro, Adrian Martinez
Midfielders: Richarlison, Casemiro, Junior Moreno, Christian Cásseres
Forwards: Neymar, Gabriel Jesus, Robert Firmino, Sergio Córdova
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