Brazil 3-0 Venezuela: Neymar, Gabigol and Marquinhos score

Brazil 3-0 Venezuela: Neymar scores penalty and assists twice to inspire victory in Copa America opener for holders

  • Brazil faced Venezuela on Sunday in the first game of the 2021 Copa America
  • Marquinhos scored the opener, scrappily hacking in Neymar’s first-half corner
  • The Brazilian talisman then scored one of his own through a 64th minute penalty 
  • Gabriel Barbosa applied the finishing touch, chesting in after Neymar’s cross 

Brazil opened the 2021 Copa America with a 3-0 win over a depleted Venezuela on Sunday, dominating their inexperienced opponents from start to finish in a one-sided match.

Defender Marquinhos scored the opening goal midway through the first half when he was fortunate to see his backheel squirm through a defender’s legs and into the net.

Neymar netted his 67th international goal from the penalty spot 19 minutes into the second half after Danilo was felled in the box. 

Neymar scored a penalty and assisted twice as Brazil cruised to a 3-0 victory over Venezuela 

The PSG star cooly slotted in a penalty between assisting two goals for his country on Sunday

The comfortable win got Brazil’s defence of their Copa America crown off to the perfect start 

Substitute Gabriel Barbosa made it three with two minutes remaining when he chested home a cross from Neymar after the tireless Paris St Germain player had rounded the keeper.

Brazilâs next game is against Peru on June 17, while Venezuela take on Colombia the same day. Ecuador, the fifth team in Group B, face Colombia later on Sunday. 

Marquinhos had to scrap to get his goal over the line after Neymar whipped-in a good corner 

The star defender continued his superb recent form for his club onto the international stage 

Gabigol came on as a second-half substitute to turn in Neymar’s cross in the 89th minute

Venezuela had little to take the game to Brazil but defended resolutely throughout the game 

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