Brazil annihilated Peru in their final Group A match of the Copa America finals. The 5-0 victory at the Corinthians Arena meant that Tite’s men have qualified for the knock-out stages after finishing top of the group with seven points.
It was an outstanding attacking display by Brazil, especially after they were frustrated by Venezuela in mid-week. The manager deployed both Roberto Firmino and Gabriel Jesus up-front in a highly-attacking formation.
Casemiro and Roberto Firmino scored two quick-fire goals inside seventeen minutes to give Brazil a blistering start. Gremio forward Everton Soares continued his red-hot form for the national side as he produced another long-range effort.
The 36-year old Dani Alves also joined the party in the second half as he emphatically finished a brilliant pass from Firmino before substitute Willian’s brilliant curler in the 90th minute rounded off a memorable day for the Seleção.
The pick of the goals, however, was scored by the Liverpool forward. The 27-year old blocked a goal-kick from the Peru goalkeeper which ricocheted onto the goal-post and luckily landed in front of the striker. Firmino then tricked the charging goalkeeper before coolly slotting it home without looking at the ball.
Roberto Firmino’s no-look goal has become his trademark finish. The forward is often found tapping in goals without having an eye on the ball.
The Brazilian’s confidence is sky-high following another stellar season with Liverpool as he spear-headed the Reds to their first Champions League title since 2005 earlier this month. As a result, he has cemented his place in the Brazil starting XI after playing second-fiddle to Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus in other major tournaments and most international friendlies.
Brazil now wait for their quarter-final opponent which will be played next week on Friday.