Brazil cruise into quarter-finals of the Copa America with 5-0 victory

Brazil cruised into the quarter-finals of the Copa America with a thumping 5-0 victory over Peru at the Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo.

Brazil cruise into quarter-finals of the Copa America with 5-0 victory

Brazil cruised into the quarter-finals of the Copa America with a thumping 5-0 victory over Peru at the Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo.

The tournament hosts were booed off by their fans after being held to a goalless draw by Venezuela in midweek but they took their frustrations out on previously unbeaten Peru.

The clash between the top two in Group A was as good as over inside the opening 32 minutes with Brazil storming into a 3-0 lead.

Casemiro opened the scoring in the 12th minute when he headed in from close range following a Philippe Coutinho corner and Roberto Firmino made it 2-0 soon after.

The Liverpool forward blocked Peru goalkeeper Pedro Gallese's attempted clearance and, after the ball had rebounded back off the post, Firmino collected possession, side-stepped Gallese and tapped in.

Brazil added a third before the break when Everton beat Gallese at his near post with a low drive from outside the box, and the Selecao - looking to win the Copa America for the first time since 2007 - were well on their way to the last eight as group winners.

The scoring did not finish there, though, with Brazil captain Dani Alves emphatically finishing off a one-two with Firmino at the start of the second half, before Chelsea forward Willian made it 5-0 with a brilliant 20-yard effort in the 90th minute.

There was still time after that for Brazil to add a sixth but Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus saw his stoppage-time penalty well saved by Gallese diving to his right.

In the day's other group match, Venezuela beat Bolivia 3-1 to move above Peru into second place and progress to the knockout stages.

Darwin Machis struck twice for Venezuela before Josef Martinez wrapped up the win after Leonel Justiniano had pulled a goal back for Bolivia.

- PA

More in this section

Sport Newsletter

Latest news from the world of sport, along with the best in opinion from our outstanding team of sports writers

Sign up

Select your favourite newsletters and get the best of Irish Examiner delivered to your inbox