Brazil aim to use their strength in Copa America after underwhelming start

Brazil aim to use their strength in Copa America after underwhelming start

Eric Munene 16:44 - 28.06.2024

Brazil are out to show their true colours when they face Paraguay in their second match of the Copa America.

Following their narrow 2-1 defeat to Colombia in their opening match, Paraguay face a critical fixture against Brazil as they seek to keep their Copa América hopes alive.

For Paraguay, progression beyond the group stage hinges on securing at least one victory in their remaining matches, beginning with a daunting challenge against Brazil.

Historically, Paraguay have struggled against Brazil, failing to defeat them in their last nine encounters since 2008, with their recent record showing five draws and four losses.

In fact, Paraguay has not scored against Brazil in their last four meetings, which underscores the challenge facing Daniel Garnero's side.

Scoring has been a persistent issue for Paraguay, having netted only three times in their last 10 matches and scoring before half-time in just one of those games.

Under Garnero's tenure, they have managed only two wins out of eight matches, highlighting their struggles to find consistency.

Brazil, despite their dominant performance with 19 shots and 70 per cent possession against Costa Rica, were held to a frustrating goalless draw in their opening game.

Head coach Dorival Junior remains unbeaten in his Copa América tenure so far (W2, D3), but questions linger about their ability to replicate their past successes in the tournament.

In their recent encounters, Brazil have shown superiority, notably securing a convincing 4-0 victory in their last FIFA World Cup Qualifier clash.

With a potent attacking lineup featuring players like Raphinha, Brazil will aim to capitalise on their strengths and secure a statement win to regain momentum in the tournament.

Key to Paraguay's hopes will be goalkeeper Rodrigo Morínigo, who will look to bounce back after conceding twice in his international debut against Colombia.

Morínigo's form for Libertad, where he kept four clean sheets in his last six games, provides optimism despite the challenges ahead.

As Brazil prepares to take on Paraguay in Las Vegas, the stage is set for a compelling encounter where both teams seek to assert their dominance and secure crucial points in their quest for Copa América glory.