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Brazil 4-0 Peru: Neymar shines as Selecao crush La Bicolor

Brazil make it two wins in two at the Copa America after a confident 90 minutes sees them beat Peru 4-0 in Rio.

Neymar nets his 68th goal for Brazil in their 4-0 victory over Peru on Thursday in the Copa America, which sees him edge closer to the all-time record set by legend Pele.

He reduced the gap to nine after his side cruised to victory in Rio.

Alex Sandro’s first-half volley was met in the 12th minutes when Gabriel Jesus crossed as he hit it home from close range.

Neymar, In the 68th minute, received the ball at the edge of the Peruvian box and beat goalkeeper Pedro Gallese with a low crossed shot.

Ribeiro and Richarlison all contributed to the convincing victory.

Brazil moved further ahead in the 89th when Ribeiro scored from close range, his first for the national team.

Richarlison, who went on at halftime, scored the last goal of the match in added time after two saves by Gallese.

Peru did very little for their part as their struggles to transition between defence and attack persisted in the second half, as Carrillo and Cueva were unable to have any impact.

The win is the Selecao’s ninth in a row and sixth clean sheet on the bounce as they continue to look favourites for this competition.

The result puts Brazil top the Group B standings with six points. Colombia is two points behind after its 0-0 draw with Venezuela.

As coach Tite promised, Brazil is using the Copa America to prepare for next year’s World Cup in Qatar. Six players who missed the 3-0 win against Venezuela were in the starting lineup against Peru.

Peru are in action next on June 20 against Colombia, who are also Brazil’s next opponent – three days later on June 23.

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