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 . . .