Samba swagger returns for Brazil as they put five past Peru
Peru vs Brazil: Copa America 2019 live
Brazil are back !
A performance from Tite's men at a packed Arena Corinthians long desired by all Brazil fans and one that will send a shiver down the spines of other nations with an eye on lifting the Copa America trophy on July 7.
Five goals from five players (Casemiro, Firmino, Everton, Alves and Willian) plus Gabriel Jesus anxious to get on the score sheet missing a last minute penalty is testament to a superb team performance where everything clicked for the men in yellow.
Brazil top Group A and could potentially face Argentina in Porto Alegre on Thursday.
Peru must now wait and hope that their negative goal difference is not an impediment for Copa America progress but tonight was all about the Seleção.
All over in Sao Paulo as Brazil put 5 past Peru.
Great save from Gallese....
Gabriel Jesus to take .... and saved by the Peru stopper
It's a penalty !
The ref may double check with VAR but it looked like an infringement from the keeper who took out the City striker
Gabriel Jesus wins a spot kick.
What a strike from the Chelsea man, short corner from Everton and Willian dips the shpoulder and unleashes an unstoppable right foot drive into the corner.
4' of time to be added
Gabriel Jesus is desaperate to get his name on the score sheet with the City man going close yet again.,
Venezuela (2nd in Group B) will progress to face the second placed side in Group B (currently Paraguay)
Fans at the Arena Corinthians in fine voice still. This is the performance from the Seleçao that we were waiting to see.
Dani Alves takes a pop from outside the area and his goal bound shot takes a deflection
Venezuela back to their 2 goal advantage:
Bolivia 1-3 Venezuela
Gallese grabs the ball when it appeared to trickle over the line. Brazil not finished yet.
It has to be said that Alisson Becker has been a virtual spectator in the Brazil goal.
The man of the match for AS English tonight: Everton (Brazil)
Everton looking in trouble with the Gremio winger still receiving medical attention.
...that could have been a red as the Rayo defender scythed into the Gremio player
Luis Advincula carded for a rash challenge on Everton
The goal has little impact on Group A
Bolivia get a goal back in Belo Horizonte (BOL 1-2 VEN)
Drastic change in possession with Brazil totally dominant
- 36% 63%
- 66% 33%
- 20% 80%
- 47% 52%
- 20% 80%
- 47% 52%
- 36% 63%
- 20% 79%
- 30% 69%
- 14% 85%
- 40% 60%
- 29% 71%
- 20% 80%
- 36% 63%
- 20% 79%
Thiago Silva carded
Coutinho off-Willian on for Brazil
Gabriel Jesus shoots again but fails to muster enough power as Gallese saves
Gabriel Jesus and Everton on both right and left flanks respectively have been outsdtanding.
Brazil taking their foot off the gas a little now as we head into the final 20' and thoughts turning to Thursday's game
Casemiro off-Allan on
Defensive work from Alex Sandro epitomises the work rate from Brazil tonight.
Peru really do need a goal o two to address the matter of their goal difference.
Peru change: Cuevas off-Ballon on
FIFA boss Infantino in the posh seats at the Arena Corinthins tonight
Everton again with his right foot effort taking a slight deflection. What a game changer the Gremio man has been tonight. Superb performance as Arthur drives the ball over from the resulting corner.
Should Brazil top Group A (looking very likely) and Argentina qualify as one of the best 3rd sides, a Brazil-Argentine quarter final Thursday next is very much on the cards (in Porto Alegre).
Gabriel Jesus fires but his effort is straight at Peru keeper Gallese
Brazil change - Alex Sandro on for Filipe Luis
The Peru No. 9 whistled by the home fans due him playing for Internacional in Porto Alegre
Change for Peru: Guerrero off with Gonzales his replacement
Venezuela go 0-2 up against Bolivia and cement their second place in Group A with Machis scoring for the VinoTinto.
Can't help but reiterate how much a packed house of fans behind the team has helped Brazil here tonight (ok, the squad selection etc) but the fans have been supported the team from the get go..unlike what we witnessed in Morumbi and Salvador.
Pure samba football from Everton as he weaves into the box gliding by men in white and just fails to get purchase on his shot.
Correct decison !
Big call for a spot kick for the home side as Everton tumbles in the box. Ref Rapallini says corner!
Peru sub. Flores on-Yotun off
A reminder of how the group is looking at the interval.
Brazil & Venezuela poised to progress with Peru having to wait
The teams are back on the Arena Corinthians pitch with the start of the second half imminet
The whistle sounds for the interval in Sao Paulo with Brazil totally in charge with a 3-0 lead. A very different Brazil performance and the side being driven along by a packed Arena Corinthians.
False alarm as the action continues. We're into the 46th minute with 2 to be added
Trauco fires a ferocious shot and it's deflected wide. Decent spell from "Los Incas" as they look to try and claw their way back into the game.
Bolivia and Venezuela still 0-1 in Belo Horizonte.
Brazil looking so, so , so good tonight. A drastic change in the Brazil we witnessed struggle against Bolivia and Venezuela.
The Brazil starting XI
If time-outs existed in football, the Peru coach Gareca would suerly want to stop the game
Brazil go close again as Casemiro latches on to a Coutinho corner and sees his headed effort drift wide
This is not good for Peru's goal difference which could be a determining factor in electing the best third placed sides
Fine strike from the Gremio man, cutting inside and beating Gallese at his near post. Not as spectacular as the goal against Bolivia but a fine strike at the same time.
Brazil ahead on possession on the 30' mark.
These are the first Copa America 2019 games to be played in daylight and strange as it sounds but it seems to help the spectacle and atmosphere. This is one of the brightest game and the Bolivia v Venezuela game looks lively too.
Guerrero to take.... Decent hit from the Internacional man but just over the Brazil bar
Casemiro fouls and needs to be careful. nothing awarded apart from a dangerous free for Peru on the edge of the box
Good referring here from Rapallini talking to Filipe Luis and Gurerrero as tensions mount.
Everton sprints away as the men in white make chase and just do enough to put the Gremio off his stride
This is the performance Brazil fans have been looking for at the Copa America. The Seleçao finally seem to have got it right tonight.
A farcical situation as Peru keeper Gallese's kick out ricochets off the Liverpool man, bounces against the post back into Firmino's patch as he round the keeper to tuck the ball away.
Firmino on target
Casemiro goes close again but the flag was up.
Yotun in the book for a foul
The current ´live´Group A table. Brazil and Venezuela progress as things stand with Peru looking good for a best 3rd place
Just as Venezuela take the lead in Belo Horizonte.
Bolivia 0-1 Venezuela
The goal stands !
Ref. seems to be checking with his VAR assistants ....
Coutinho corner, flick on and the ball bobbles about before Casemiro finally nods home from the goal mouth
The Peru kit really is the business..... iconic in the world game !
The Real Madrid player will now miss the quarter-final stage due to suspension
Casemiro carded (Brazil)
Both teams seem well fired up for the game tonight with the fans doing their bit too
Long range effort from Rayo Vallecano's Advincula but high and wide
Best atmosphere to date at the 2019 Copa America
Everything about the game seems different for Brazil tonight.... noisy fans, a packed stadium, daytime kick-off and two exciting offensive options with Everton and G. Jesus
Free for Peru as the ball drifts across the Brazil goal...Decent delivery from Cueva.
Plenty of intensity in the opening stage of the game with Everton looking busy. Both his introductiuon and that of Gabriel Jesus were key factors in Brazil kick starting both games (against Bolivia and Venezuela) after sluggish starts.
Tapia picks up an early knock and play is halted temporarily.
Fernando Rapallini is our ref as we get underway in Sao Paulo
Venezuela and Bolivia kicking off at the same time in Belo Horizonte.
A reminder of how Group A looks tonight before the final round of fixtures.
Decent looking crowd at the Arena Corinthians tonight, full house it would look like...
It's national anthem time.... first up Brazil ...
Player to watch:
Brazil - Everton
After scoring a long-range goal against Bolivia and looking bright in his second successive appearance from the bench in the draw with Venezuela, Everton has been tipped to replace either Neres or Richarlison in attacking midfield. He has seven goals in 16 league appearances for club side Gremio this season and recently talked up a move to Manchester United.
Player to watch:
Peru - Paolo Guerrero
Former Bayern Munich striker Guerrero scored Peru's equaliser against Bolivia to take his tally to 12 Copa America goals - the joint-most among current active players. The captain then provided the assist for Jefferson Farfan's header to prove his importance once again.
Fans packing the stadium with kick-off looming. Much has been said about the poor attendances for this Copa America with disappointing turnouts at Brazil's game last week in Morumbi (Sao Paulo) and Salvador.
A mild evening in Sao Paulo and ideal conditions for players and fans alike.
Brazil win and they top group A.
Brazil draw, they progress along with Peru and a three way tie is also possible should Venezuela win (The margin of a VEN win would influence the positions)
Brazil lose...they could finish second, third or even be eliminated depending on the result in the BOL-VEN game.
This is how Group A heading into tonight's fixtures....
Both Peru and Brazil wearing their iconic home kits tonight in Sao Paulo. Always good to see!
But Ricardo Gareca's side will not make life easy for their opponents, having breathed life into their campaign with a 3-1 win over Bolivia last time out to leave themselves second, two points better off than Venezuela.
Gareca described the match as must-win and his players got the job done after battling back from a goal down at the iconic Maracana, despite being far from their best for the second game running.
Brazil boss Tite has hinted he will make changes for Copa America hosts Brazil's final group outing following a couple of lacklustre displays to start the tournament.
The Seleçao have been booed during their opening two matches and now need to respond against Peru in Sao Paulo tonight if they are to finish top of Group A.
Hello and welcome to our live Copa America 2019 coverage with the final Group A game as Peru face Brazil: