The Seleção rely heavily on Neymar and needed late heroics from elsewhere to pick up three points.
Neymar failed to make an impact but a last-minute header from Marquinhos saved Brazil as they cruised to a 1-0 victory after a morbid performance against Peru.
The Seleçao had the ball in the net after 15 minutes thanks to an opportunistic finish from Raphinha – but his effort was ruled out due to an offside in the build-up. Brazil were equally frustrated 15 minutes later when Richarlison nodded in, only to be flagged slightly offside after a lengthy VAR review. They had other opportunities. Neymar saw an effort saved, while Rodrygo’s incisive pass also caused problems.
They were more expansive in the second half, but failed to take advantage of open play, with Neymar’s lack of sharpness in the final third a constant problem. It was a corner that made the difference, Marquinhos sneaking in at the near post to send the ball into the back of the net in the 90th minute.
However, Brazil will have to offer more in the future. They got lucky on Tuesday night and can’t afford to rely on the more constant presence of their main man.
AIM evaluates the Brazilian players at the Estadio Nacional de Lima…