Brazil start Copa campaign with victory over Bolivia
- Author: Julie Sanders Июл 08, 2019,
Июл 08, 2019, 11:43
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.
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.
"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.