Brazil crush Peru 5-0 to reach Copa America last eight

Brazil crush Peru 5-0 to reach Copa America last eight
Soccer Football - Copa America Brazil 2019 - Group A - Peru v Brazil - Arena Corinthians, Sao Paulo, Brazil - June 22, 2019 Brazil's Roberto Firmino, Willian and Gabriel Jesus after the match.REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino -
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By Andrew Downie

SAOPAULO (Reuters) – Brazil overwhelmed Peru with three goals in a superb first half to set up a crushing 5-0 victory on Saturday and cruise into the Copa America quarter-finals.

Looking like their imperious old selves, the host nation went ahead after 12 minutes when Casemiro was on hand to nod home after a goalmouth scramble and Roberto Firmino made it two seven minutes later after keeper Pedro Gallese made a hash of his kick.

Winger Everton’s low shot sneaked inside Gallese’s near post to make it 3-0 on 32 minutes and Dani Alves made it 4-0 when he finished off a nice team goal eight minutes into the second period.

Substitute Willian made it five with a strike from outside the box in the 90th minute.

The result, combined with Venezuela’s 3-1 win over Bolivia, means the hosts top Group A and will play one of the two third-placed teams at the Gremio arena on Thursday.

Second-placed Venezuela will face the second team in Group B on Friday at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, while Peru must wait to see if their four points are enough to earn them a place as one of the two best third-placed sides.

(Reporting by Andrew Downie; editing by Tony Lawrence)

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