Welcome to Sportstar’s live updates of the Copa America Group B match between Brazil and Peru from the Estádio Nilton Santos.
89′ GOALLLLLLL! Everton Ribiero makes it 3-0 for Brazil. Lovely pass from Richarlison from the left channel and Ribiero slots it in.
87′ WHAT A SAVE FROM PEDRO GALLESE! Once again fine play from Brazil as Fred sprints through, the ball reaches Richarlison, who passes it to Firmino, who shot is saved excellently by Gallese.
UNDER 5 MINUTES OF REGULATION TIME LEFT!
82′ Gerald Tavara is booked for a challenge on Neymar.
81′ FREE KICK for Brazil. Neymar goes for goal, but the ball lands in the hands of the goalkeeper.
79′ NEARLY A GOAL FOR PERU! A free kick comes in from the right, but Alex Valera unable to put the ball at the back of the net.
77′ Another change for Brazil: Renan Lodi comes on for goalscorer Alex Sandro.
75′ CLOSE! Neymar is having a fine sequence of minutes here as he takes a shot with his left foot this time, but the ball is wide.
73′ Great play from Brazil, particularly Neymar, who sprints down the centre, puts in a pass on the left to Richarlison, who takes a shot but it is saved by the goalkeeper.
72′ Change for Brazil: Roberto Firmino comes on for Gabriel Jesus.
20 minutes of regulation time left in this game!
68′ GOALLLLL! Neymar gets his name on the scoresheet with a right-footed low shot on the bottom corner.
There is a VAR check on, for the decision, however. The check is complete and the decision has been OVERTURNED. At multiple looks of the replay, it does look like technology has got it right here.
60′ Neymar is brought down inside the box by Tapia and the referee expectedly, points to the spot.
59′ Gabriel Jesus is booked for a challenge on Cueva.
57′ It has been all Brazil since the start of this half.
52′ Danilo takes shot from a decent range, from the centre of the pitch. But the ball goes well above the goalkeeper.
49′ Good, pacy start to this half from the hosts, after making those two changes.
The second half is underway. Two changes for Brazil at the start of this half. Richarlison and Gabriel Ribiero have come on for Gabriel Babosa and Everton.
That was an extremely watchable first 45 minutes of this match. Peru had more of the possession in the early stages, but it was Brazil, which went in front , courtesy a goal from defender Alex Sandro.
But that blow did not dampen the spirits of Peru, which continued to try and equalise on various occasions. However, a combination of lack of precision and some good defending at the back from Brazil meant the hosts could keep the lead at the interval.
Join us for the second half in a while!
The referee blows the half-time whistle and Brazil takes the lead into the break.
1 minute of added time.
44′ Yoshimar Yotun is booked for a challenge on Gabriel Jesus.
39′ Fine, fine play from Peru as it comes close to scoring the equaliser but is denied by Danilo near the goal. A subsequent corner does not create anything substantial.
36′ A really good passage of play for Brazil as it continues to fire in multiple attacks on the Peru half. However, it has still not managed to double its lead.
34′ For the second time in this half, Neymar is down again and is holding his ankle and grimmacing. He is back on his feet.
31′ Peru continues to show glimpses of positivity as we cross the half-hour mark in this contest.
27′ Peru nearly gets the equaliser via a corner, but a close range shot lands straight in Ederson’s hands.
23′ Christian Ramos is booked for a really bad looking challenge on Neymar.
22′ Peru continues to apply pressure on the Brazilians, but the latter seems up to the task of preserving its lead for as long as possible.
18′ Peru has not looked completely out of this fixture from the first kick of this match, but has lacked the precision.
12′ GOALLLLL! Alex Sandro gives the Brazil the lead. Lovely play from the Brazilans. Neymar puts in a cross from the left, the ball lands near Gabriel Jesus near goal, who passes it to the left back Sandro, who converts for the hosts from close range.
11′ Brazil look to create something from the left and Fred takes a shot with his right foot but the ball is well away from the goal and flies away.
5′ The Brazil players have had a bit more to do with the ball in the past few minutes, but nothing in terms of chances for both teams.
2′ Peru has started better in the opening exchanges, with large chunks of possession.
HERE WE GO!
The two teams make their way out to the middle.
15 MINUTES TO GO FOR KICK OFF!
As mentioned in the previous update, Neymar is starting against Peru in this Group A match. However, a few hours before the game, the forward was omitted from the squad to feature at the Tokyo Olympics.
Here are more details:
Neymar left out of Brazil’s team for Tokyo Olympics, Dani Alves named captain
Few survivors for Brazil from the starting XI which defeated Venezuela 3-0 in its first match. Tite makes changes across all four departments, as Thiago Silva comes in to partner Eder Militao in central defence. Alisson is replaced by Ederson in goal.
Fabinho comes in to form one half of the double pivot with Fred in holding midfield.
But it is in attack where Tite has made the biggest change as Neymar, few hours after being omitted from the Tokyo Olympics squad, gets picked in the starting XI for the game against Peru.
Peru, from the looks of it, seems like to be playing a back four and has picked Lapadula as the main striker upfront in its Copa America opener.
Here are the teams for today’s game:
Brazil: Ederson; Danilo, Éder Militão, Thiago Silva, Alex Sandro; Fabinho, Fred; Gabriel Jesus, Everton, Gabigol; Neymar
Peru: Gallese; Corzo, Ramos, Abram, López; Tapia, Yotún; Carrillo, Peña, Cueva; Lapadula
Earlier in the week, Brazil’s leading football clubs announced that they intend to create an independent league body, with 19 of Serie A’s 20 clubs backing the decision to form a league that would give them more say in the running of the game.
Read more about that here: Brazilian clubs vow to create independent league body
Ahead of the second match, coach Tite indicated that he would keep looking out for the ideal strike force, which would deliver results for his side.
Squads: Brazil: Goalkeepers: Alisson (Liverpool), Ederson (Manchester City), Weverton (Palmeiras).
Defenders: Emerson (Barcelona), Danilo, Alex Sandro (Juventus), Renan Lodi, Felipe (Atletico Madrid), Éder Militão (Real Madrid), Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain), Thiago Silva (Chelsea).
Midfielders: Casemiro (Real Madrid), Douglas Luiz (Aston Villa), Everton Ribeiro (Flamengo), Fabinho (Liverpool), Fred (Manchester United), Lucas Paquetã (Lyon).
Forwards: Everton (Benfica), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Gabriel Barbosa (Flamengo), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City), Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain), Richarlison (Everton), Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid).
Peru: Goalkeepers: Renato Solis (Sporting Cristal), Jose Carvallo (University), Pedro Gallese (Orlando City).
Defenders: Luis Abram (Velez Sarfield), Luis Advincula (Rayo Vallecano), Miguel Araujo (FC Emmen), Alexander Callens (New York City), Aldo Corzo (Universitario de Deportes), Marcos Lopez (San Jos Earthquakes), Jhilmar Lora (Sporting Cristal), Christian Ramos (Cesar Vallejo), Anderson Santamaria (Atlas), Miguel Trauco (Saint-Etienne).
Midfielders: Pedro Aquino (America), Christian Cueva (Al-Fateh), Martin Tavara (Sporting Cristal), Sergio Pea (FC Emmen), Edison Flores (DC United), Christopher Gonzales (Sporting Cristal), Yoshimar Yotun (Cruz Azul).
Forwards: Luis Ibrico (Melgar), Andre Carrillo (Al Hilal), Paolo Guerrero (Inter de Porto Alegre), Gianluca Lapadula (Benevento), Alex Valera (Universitario de Deportes), Raul Ruidiaz (Seattle Sounders).
WHERE TO WATCH COPA AMERICA 2021 LIVE IN INDIA?
The tournament will be telecast live in English, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam on Sony Ten and Sony Six channels. Live streaming will also be available on SonyLiv and JioTV.