Brazil start Copa campaign with victory over Bolivia

In addition to South America's 10 teams, Asian champions Qatar and Japan are taking part as guests. The 28-year-old has continued that form with the national team, scoring his first global goal in Colombia's 3-0 friendly win over Peru on Sunday.

In Group B, Argentina remain under caretaker manager Lionel Scaloni, having still not replaced Jorge Sampaoli after a disastrous World Cup in Russian Federation last summer.

Philippe Coutinho scored a second half double and Everton added a cracking third as Brazil recovered from a sleepy start to beat Bolivia 3-0 in their Copa America opener on Friday.

All in all, it will be very interesting to see Argentina legend Lionel Messi's last attempt at winning the tournament.

Brazil - World Cup quarter-finalists in 2018 - celebrated their 100th Copa victory as the South American giants target a ninth tournament trophy.

Argentina suffered a 2-0 defeat by Colombia on their Group B debut in Copa America 2019. The Argentine team is a collection of a mostly new bunch of players who can actually change the course of the game as they have no fear on the pitch.

In a match that featured a plethora of stars such as Messi, Sergio Aguero, Radamel Falcao and James Rodriguez, it was Martinez who put Colombia up with a booming strike in the 71st minute.

"Tite will have to build the team without him, but I believe that this will not prevent the selection of a team to play great games and that Brazil can win the title". His team face Paraguay next on June 19 in Salvador.

Asked about the boos post-match, Tite - whose team were playing without injured superstar Neymar - told reporters: "We felt it!"

"We know it's going to be a tough match, we know how Bolivia play", said Casemiro of Brazil's first Group A opponents. On one of Brazilian football's darkest days, the Selecao were humiliatingly crushed 7-1 by Germany as hosts in the 2014 World Cup semi-finals and they fell a stage earlier in Russian Federation a year ago. Though, both the Brazilian footballers Roberto Firmino and Thiago Silva failed to convert the points from corners.

  • Julie Sanders


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