Neymar leads Brazil to late win over Peru in Copa America

Neymar scored a goal and set up the injury-time winner for Douglas Costa, helping Brazil open its Copa America campaign with a 2-1 over Peru on Sunday.
Costa found the net from close range after receiving a perfect pass from Neymar two-minutes into second-half injury time, calmly sending a low shot past the Peruvian goalkeeper. Peru surprised early with a goal by midfielder Christian Cueva less than three minutes into the match after Brazil andlsquokeeper Jefferson made a mistake trying to clear the ball inside the area after a tough pass from David Luiz. Neymar equalized two minutes later with a firm header from near the penalty spot.
The victory gave Brazil the early lead in Group C along with Venezuela, which defeated Colombia 1-0 earlier Sunday in Rancagua. Brazil next faces Colombia on Wednesday, while Peru plays Venezuela on Thursday. and”The opening match is always difficult,and” said Neymar, who scored his 44th goal for Brazil. and”Especially in a competition like this one, with the rivalry in South America.
But we got the victory, which is the most important thing.and” Brazil has won 11 straight games since coach Dunga replaced Luiz Felipe Scolari after last yearand’s World Cup at home. The Copa America is Braziland’s first official competition since it was humiliated in a 7-1 World Cup semifinal loss to Germany. With six players from that squad, Brazil is trying to win the South American tournament for the first time since 2007, when Dunga was in charge of the national team for the first time in his career.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman