Brazil opens Copa América 2021 with an easy 3-0 victory over Venezuela

The team of coach Tite imposed conditions from the opening whistle of Uruguayan referee Esteban Ostojich at the Mané Garrincha National Stadium in the Brazilian capital.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Brazilian national soccer team, at half speed, defeated its Venezuelan counterpart 3-0 on Sunday to open the Copa América 2021, a tournament that began amid controversy and the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic, which has affected several of the participating delegations.

Defender Marquinhos ('22), Neymar ('63-pen), and Gabriel Barbosa "Gabigol" ('88) sealed Brazil's easy victory over a timid Venezuelan team that felt the last-minute changes forced by a coronavirus outbreak that sidelined eight players a day before the match.

The team of coach Tite imposed conditions from the opening whistle . . .

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