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Copa America 2021: Brazil conquers Peru, Colombia held goalless by Venezuela

The Copa America 2021 finished with its Matchday 4 assignments. Defending champion Brazil was in action and came up with a dominating performance, while Colombia was held to a shocking draw. Catch all the round-up here.

Copa America 2021: Brazil conquers Peru, Colombia held goalless by Venezuela-ayh
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Brazil, First Published Jun 18, 2021, 12:29 PM IST
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The 2021 Copa America held its Matchday 4 responsibilities on Thursday night. Defending champion Brazil played its second game of the tournament and emerged victorious, while another match resulted in a goalless draw. In the same light, we take to present the round-up of this matchday.

Venezuela holds Colombia to a goalless draw
In the opening game of the matchday, Colombia took on Venezuela at the Estádio Olímpico Pedro Ludovico Teixeira in Goiania. It turned out to be an unexpectedly close encounter, while Venezuelan goalkeeper Wuilker Faríñez made eight saves to deny the Colombians. Although Colombia's Luis Diaz was handed a red card in the 94th minute, it was too late for Venezuela to cause an upset.

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  • Faríñez made five saves in the opening half, which is the most by a keeper in the same half from the nation in the tournament since 2007.
  • Faríñez's eight saves in the game are the joint-most in a Copa game since 2007 when Paraguay's Gatito Fernández did the same against Brazil.

Peru annihilated by Brazil
In the most anticipated game of the evening, Brazil was up against Peru at the stádio Nilton Santos in Rio de Janerio. The match was off to a composed start in the opening half, with Brazil taking the lead in the 12th minute through Alex Sandro, as it led at half-time.

The second half saw Brazil pull up its ante, with Neymar doubling it with a swift strike in the 68th minute. The closing stages saw Samba add a couple more, as Éverton Ribeiro and Richarlison's strikes in the 89th and 93rd minute completed the sheer destruction of the minnow.

Reaction
Neymar (to Goal):
"It's moving for me [to get closer to Pele's record], I've been through a lot these last two years. These numbers are nothing more than my joy of playing for Brazil, representing my country, my family. We're all going through a very atypical moment, a very hard moment in Brazil and elsewhere."

"To be a role model for someone, to make people happy, it gives me joy. I love the story that I'm writing here; I want my family and friends to be proud. I hope everyone who loves this game is proud of me because these numbers don't really mean anything, only the pride of representing Brazil."

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