12 ‘ Jesus’ efforts at the far post to get the ball back to the center pay off as he is credited with the assist.
12 ‘ BRAZIL TAKES THE ADVANCE! 1-0! Everton’s initial cross is pushed back but not cleared enough by the Peruvian defense, as Jesus is allowed to hang on to it at the far post. The Manchester City winger selflessly crosses the ball and finds Alex Sandro, who smashes a volley high into the net!
11 ‘ Manchester United’s Fred has a sight of the goal from outside the penalty area and hits an effort towards the net, but the midfielder sends his strike far from the far post of Gallese.
9 ‘ Lopez is played in the penalty area by a nice pass from Yotun, but the full-back misses his kick and grabs Militao’s shin, giving Brazil a free kick.
7 ‘ Fluid Brazilian football will be put to the test tonight in Rio, where rainy and humid conditions have left the pitch in less than ideal conditions. The state of the ground will certainly be an advantage for Peru, who are given the unenviable task of stopping this powerful Brazilian attack.
5 ‘ Neymar falls deep in midfield and wins a free kick from Yotun, who was far too eager to squeeze near the center circle.
3 ‘ Peru are looking to pressure the hosts early, throwing him long at Carrillo, but a lack of space in the Brazilian defense forces plays all the way to Gallese in Peru’s goal.
1 ‘ Peru kicks off the match from the kick-off!
Gareca leaves with an experienced roster to begin his Copa America campaign, with 521 caps split between the starting XI. Gallese keeps his place in the goal, while Corzo, Ramos, Abram and Marcos Lopez start in defense. Tapia and Yotun are familiar faces in the Peruvian midfielder, with a trio ahead of them consisting of Cueva, Pena and Carrillo. The striker chosen to lead the attack is Benevento’s Lapadula, in what will be his seventh appearance.
Brazil make six changes from their convincing 3-0 victory over Venezuela on Sunday as Tite looks to brush things up for Game 2. A goal swap sees Manchester City’s Ederson replace Liverpool’s Alisson, while Silva and Alex Sandro replace Marquinhos and Lodi in defense. Casemiro and Paqueta are replaced by Casemiro and Everton in midfield, while Gabi’s goal last time earns him the start against Richarlison.
PERU SUBS: Alexis Arias, Raziel Garcia, Luis Iberico, Carlos Lora, Renzo Garces, Alexander Callens, Jose Carvallo, Carlos Caceda, Anderson Santamaria, Gerald Tavara, Miguel Araujo, Alex Valera.
PERU XI (4-2-3-1): Pedro Gallese; Aldo Corzo, Christian Ramos, Luis Abram, Marcos Lopez; Renato Tapia, Yoshimar Yotun; André Carrillo, Sergio Pena, Christian Cueva; Gianluca Lapadula.
SUBS BRAZIL: Renan Lodi, Casemiro, Alisson, Vinicius Junior, Everton Ribeiro, Richarlison, Emerson, Marquinhos, Douglas Luiz, Weverton, Roberto Firmino, Lucas Paqueta.
Brazil (4-4-2): Ederson; Alex Sandro; Thiago Silva, Eder Militao, Danilo; Everton, Fabinho, Fred, Gabriel Jesus; Neymar, Gabriel Barbosa.
With 15 minutes to go, let’s see how the two teams will line up – starting with Brazil!
It won’t be an easy night for Peru, who play their first Copa America game, as odd groups mean a team is out on every match day. Ricardo Gareca’s side came into the game after poor form, losing four of their last five games – although they did manage a 2-1 win over Ecuador in their last outing. The last time Brazil and Peru met, a hat-trick from Neymar sentenced La Blanquirroja to a 4-2 loss in what was an exciting game for the neutral.
Brazil’s 3-0 win over Venezuela on Matchday 1 extended Seleçao’s winning streak to eight matches in all competitions, with a clean sheet in each of their last five. Neymar’s involvement in the squad cannot be understated, with the captain involved in two of his side’s three goals on Sunday – scoring once from the penalty spot to double their advantage before helping Gabriel Barbosa for the third.
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