Vinicius Jr Shines as Brazil Triumph 4-1 over Paraguay in Copa America

After a disappointing draw against Costa Rica in their first match, Brazil aimed to secure a victory against Paraguay before their final group match against Colombia.

Vinicius Jr Shines as Brazil Triumph 4-1 over Paraguay in Copa America

Brazil got a chance to take the lead in the 30th minute with a penalty for handball after Lucas Paqueta’s shot was blocked outside the box, but West Ham’s midfielder missed the penalty.

However, Paqueta redeemed himself quickly by assisting Vinicius Jr to score, following a great team play.

Just before halftime, Savinho scored his first goal for Brazil from close range, capitalizing on a defensive mix-up by Paraguay.

Vinicius Jr added his second goal right before halftime, seizing on a defensive clearance to make it 3-0.

Paraguay, at the bottom of the group with no points, narrowed the gap shortly after halftime with a stunning long-range goal by Getafe’s Omar Alderete.

In the 65th minute, Brazil was awarded another controversial penalty for handball, with Paqueta making no mistake this time, scoring Brazil’s fourth goal.

The match grew heated towards the end, resulting in defender Andres Cubas receiving a red card for an altercation with Aston Villa’s Douglas Luiz.

In other Group D action, Colombia extended their strong start with a 3-0 victory over Costa Rica.

Liverpool’s winger Luis Diaz opened the scoring with a penalty in the 30th minute.

Colombia doubled their lead just before the hour mark, as Davinson Sanchez headed in from a corner kick.

Jhon Cordoba sealed the victory with a close-range strike.

Colombia can secure the top spot in Group D by avoiding defeat against Brazil in their final group match on Tuesday evening (02:00 BST on Wednesday).

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