Brazil reversed half of their first match against Peru on Thursday in their second Copa America match and are still winning 4-0.
It was Selecao’s ninth consecutive victory. And another highlight suggesting that the tournament authorities are favorites to defend their South American title.
Defender Alex Sandro, Neymar, midfielder Everton Ribeiro, and the striker Richarlison had scored at the Nilton Santos Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
The result puts Brazil at the top of the group with six points. Colombia trailed by two points after a 0-0 draw with Venezuela.
As coach Tite has promised, Brazil uses Copa America to prepare for next year’s World Cup in Qatar.
Six players who missed out on a 3-0 win over Venezuela were in the squad to face Peru.
Goalkeepers Alisson, defenders Marquinhos and Renan Lodi, midfielders Casemiro and Lucas Paquetá, and striker Richarlison were absent from the first team.
In their place, it started with Ederson, Thiago Silva, Alex Sandro, Fabinho, Everton and Gabriel Barbosa.
Brazil opened the scoring in the 12th minute.
Brazil opened the scoring in the 12th minute after the fall of Gabriel Jesus, and Sandro hit home and came close. But the new players did not fit in as well as expected by the coach.
“However, our first half was not exactly as what we have had expected,” Tite said. Everton Ribeiro and Richarlison intervened, while Brazil looked confident in the second half.
In the 68th, Neymar found the ball on the edge of the Peruvian box and hit goalkeeper Pedro Gallese with a low ball that fell to the ground.
Peru increased the pressure, but Brazil advanced by 89th when Ribeiro scored from close range for the first time in the national team.
Richarlison, who continued at half-time, scored the game’s final goal in extra time after being saved twice by Gallese.
Tite said his lineup had taken time to make the kind of change that will eventually emerge naturally.
“In additon it always takes a little of while. In the second half, we had used a lot of strikers. But that was because we thought that was what the game needed,” he said.
Asked if the South American teams are giving Brazil a tough enough challenge. Tite said the continental tournament was good, but he would also like to play for European teams.
“We want Spain, Portugal, and definitely, we want to be there with all that experience,” he said. “But the calendar doesn’t help.”
Brazil has won 42, drawn ten, and lost just four games under Tite.
Moreover, Brazil’s next match in the Copa America tournament will be on Wednesday against Colombia.
The top four teams in each of the groups have advanced to the knockout stage.