Brazil’s Neymar scores against Peru during their Copa America group phase match in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday. Agence France-Presse
Peru failed to capitalise on a ten-man Brazil 20 minutes from time — after Gabriel Jesus was sent off for a second yellow — leaving Tite’s charges holding on to win the Copa America 3-1 in front of boisterous home fans on Sunday.
The hosts took the lead after 15 minutes thanks to some brilliant skill from Jesus on the wing.
Neymar scored a hat-trick to become the second highest scorer in Brazil’s history as the Copa America champions won 4-2 away to 10-man Peru in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday.
Defending champion Brazil and Chile will have their star players back in action when they meet in the Copa America quarter-finals on Friday. Neymar will return for Brazil and Alexis Sanchez has recovered from a calf muscle injury ahead of the encounter
Pakistan’s captain Babar Azam and his Indian counterpart Virat Kohli have called it just another game, but that is clearly not the case.
Sri Lanka made one change in their team as Binura Fernando came in place of injured Maheesh Theekshana for this match. On the other hand, Bangladesh also made one change with Nasum Ahmed replacing Taskin Ahmed in their playing XI.
After restricting West Indies to a paltry total of 55, England chased down the target for the loss of just four wickets in 8.2 overs.