🌎 Brazil finish strong to sink Peru at Copa América

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Seamus Leonard

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Brazil overpowered Peru to continue their impressive start to the Copa América on home soil.

Brazil 4
Peru 0
Full time

Scorers: Sandro 12′, Neymar 68′, Ribeiro 89′, Richarlison 90+3′

The hosts started on the front foot at the Estádio Nilton Santos in Rio de Janeiro, with Alex Sandro putting them ahead in the 12th minute.

It was the Juventus left-back who started the attack, and he was in the right place to put the finishing touch to a cut back from Gabriel Jesus.

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Peru eventually grew into the game, with their pressure causing the Seleção problems on a wet and heavy surface.

Brazil were awarded a penalty on the hour mark, but a VAR review correctly overturned the decision after replays showed Neymar clearly initiated contact with Renato Tapia before hitting the turf.

But the PSG attacker would not be denied minutes later when La Blanquirroja offered him far too much space on the edge of the box to fire low past Pedro Gallese.

Éverton Ribeiro, at the ripe age of 32, scored his first senior international goal late on, with Richarlison getting in on the act in stoppage time.

Brazil are now two points clear of Colombia at the top of Group B, while Peru are rooted to the bottom due to their inferior goal difference.