Defending champion Brazil started the Copa América well on Sunday.

The team of national coach Tite was 3-0 too strong for Venezuela in Brasilia, which did not play in the strongest team due to many corona infections.

Twelve team members from Venezuela tested positive for the corona virus on Saturday, including eight players.

National coach José Peseiro therefore decided to call up no fewer than fifteen new players, so that his team played against Brazil in a unique composition.

In the first half, Venezuela was able to limit the damage, because at halftime it was 'only' 1-0 due to a goal by Marquinhos.

Neymar scored the second goal in the 63rd minute with a penalty and he was partly responsible for Gabriel Barbosa's 3-0 with an assist just before time.

The other game in Group B was won by Colombia, which was 1-0 too strong for Ecuador.

Edwin Cardona scored the only goal of the game just before half-time.

Peru, which surprisingly reached the final in the previous edition and then lost to Brazil, is the fifth team in the group.

Neymar was important for Brazil with a goal and an assist.

Neymar was important for Brazil with a goal and an assist.

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Long uncertain whether Copa América could continue

For a long time, the question was whether the Copa América could go ahead.

The tournament for South American countries was supposed to be held in Argentina and Colombia, but they were dropped as the host country.

Argentina is still struggling with the corona virus and Colombia has long been unsettled by political protests.

In the end, Brazil decided to take on the organization.

Action groups tried to stop the Copa América from continuing through the courts, but the Supreme Court in the country decided this week not to cancel the tournament.

There are a total of two groups in the Copa América.

Group A consists of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay.

The Argentines will play a game against Chile on Monday (kick-off at 11 PM Dutch time).