The much awaited Copa America kicked off on Sunday in an exciting tournament opener with the defending champions taking on depleted Venezuela. Casemiro-led Brazil looked super confident to kick start the tournament on home soil. Ahead of the opening game, 12 members from Venezuela contingent tested positive, including captain Tomas Rincon missing the tournament opener of Copa America. PSG defender Marquinhos scored the opening goal for Brazil in the 23rd minute of the game, marking his first goal in Copa America. Following which the Selecao missed many opportunities in the first half, however it didn’t cost them much. Walking into the second half, Brazil’s star player Neymar doubled the lead for Brazil, netting his 67th international goal from the penalty spot. The hosts made it 3, with Gabriel Barbosa striking two minutes before full time chesting home a cross from Neymar. To no one’s surprise the defending champions opened the Copa America 2020 with a bang.
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“I am experimenting with combinations, ahead of World Cup next year” – Tite
Brazil’s head coach Adenor Leonardo Bacchi, a.k.a Tite expressed that he is experimenting with team combination, ahead of the FIFA World Cup next year in Qatar. “I am seeking tactical alternatives, positional alternatives, but operating on different functions. The idea is not to lose our character, otherwise you break the links, the connections, you remove confidence from the athletes,” Tite added.
With a comfortable win against Venezuela, Brazil’s Copa America 2020 campaign is up and roaring. The defending champions next face 2019 finalists Peru on June 17 while Venezuela takes on Colombia the same day.