Brazil ignite Copa America campaign with impressive victory over Paraguay

Brazil ignite Copa America campaign with impressive victory over Paraguay

Eric Munene 10:22 - 29.06.2024

Vinicius Jr starred with two goals as Brazil triumphed over Paraguay in their Copa America campaign opener.

Brazil solidified their dominance in Copa América with a commanding 4-1 victory over Paraguay in a thrilling encounter at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Right from the outset, Brazil showcased their attacking prowess, with João Gomes and Lucas Paquetá narrowly missing early opportunities.

Paraguay attempted to counter Brazil’s relentless pressure, but their efforts were met with an outstanding save from Alisson, denying Damián Bobadilla a chance to break the deadlock.

The turning point came in the 31st minute when Andrés Cubas handled the ball in the penalty area, setting up a golden opportunity for Brazil.

Despite Paquetá’s initial penalty mishap, Brazil soon found their breakthrough. A superb backheeled pass from Paquetá unlocked Paraguay’s defense, allowing Vínicius Júnior to confidently put Brazil ahead with a precise finish under the advancing goalkeeper, Rodrigo Morínigo.

The first half ended in a flurry of goals as Bruno Guimarães' thunderous strike rattled the crossbar before Sávio capitalized on a rebound to double Brazil’s lead.

Just before halftime, Vínicius Júnior struck again, capitalizing on defensive confusion to extend Brazil's advantage to 3-0.

Paraguay fought back gamely after the break, with Omar Alderete redeeming himself with a stunning long-range effort to put his team on the scoresheet.

However, hopes of a comeback were short-lived as Mathías Villasanti's handball led to another penalty for Brazil, expertly converted this time by Paquetá.

Paraguay’s frustration boiled over late in the match as Andrés Cubas received a straight red card, compounding their misery.

The final whistle confirmed Brazil's 4-1 victory, propelling them to four points in the tournament standings, setting up a crucial clash against Colombia to determine the group winner.

For Paraguay, the defeat marks an early exit from the Copa América, with their final match against Costa Rica now reduced to a matter of pride following this disappointing result.