Brazil vs Peru: Can Los Incas avenge 2019 final heartbreak?

After kicking off Copa America with a comprehensive win, Brazil turn their attention to Peru in a repeat of the 2019 final.

When: Friday, June 18, 01:00 BST

How to watch: BBC

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Before the start of Copa America, Brazil were priced as heavy favourites to retain their crown.

That notion was certainly backed up in the opener when they thrashed Venezuela 3-0. Marquinhos, Neymar and Gabriel Barbosa scored the goals as Tite's men made a statement of intent.

Neymar Jr celebrates scoring a goal against Venezuela
Neymar Jr celebrates scoring a goal against Venezuela

Next up for the Brazilians is a clash with Peru. Having only managed one win from nine games, the odds are firmly stacked against Ricardo Gareca's side.

This game is taking place in Rio de Janeiro and many in the Peru squad will have flashbacks to the 2019 Copa America final.

Peru sensationally made the showpiece that year but were ultimately beaten by Brazil 3-1 in Rio.

Those memories could fuel the minnows but even then, getting a result against Brazil in their own back yard is no walk in the park.

Peru are in for a tough night.

Last Three Matches

Peru 2-4 Brazil (World Cup Qualifier - October 14, 2020)

Six goals, two red cards, two penalties and one unforgettable game. When these two nations last met, viewers were treated to an instant classic.

Andre Carrillo opened the scoring in the fifth minute to send Peru in-front. However, Neymar's converted penalty allowed Brazil to go into the break on level terms.

Renato Tapia put Peru back in the driving seat in the 59th minute but celebrations soon turned to frustrations as Richarlison levelled the game. Then, the visitors were awarded a second penalty which, again, was well converted by Neymar.

Peru received two red cards in a space of three minutes to further complicate their chances of a comeback. Any hopes of late drama were completely dashed when Neymar completed his hat-trick in stoppage time.

Brazil 0-1 Peru (Friendly - September 11, 2019)

There was far less drama when the two teams met in a post-Copa America friendly.

Peru got a slight taste of revenge for their Copa America final heartbreak courtesy of a 1-0 win.

Luis Abram scored the late winner as Peru won their first game in three years against Brazil.

Brazil 3-1 Peru (Copa America - July 7, 2019)

Speaking of that 2019 Copa America showpiece, here's what went down in Rio de Janeiro.

Everton opened the scoring for the hosts after just 15 minutes. In spite of the early blow, Peru recovered and levelled the score with a 44th minute converted penalty from Paolo Guerrero.

Celebrations however, quickly turned into disappointment as Gabriel Jesus bagged a second Brazil goal just moments before the half-time whistle.

The Man City man was sent-off in the second-half as Peru looked to capitalise on their numbers advantage.

Despite this, their dreams of a late comeback were dashed when Richarlison converted from the spot to seal the win and the trophy for the hosts.

Last ten head-to-heads

Brazil wins: 7

Draws: 1

Peru wins: 2

Brazil goals: 23

Peru goals: 7

Form indicates one outcome

Brazil are coming into this game on the back of eight consecutive victories.

Peru, on the other hand, have lost four of their last five internationals - three of them to nil.

Players of Peru laments after the match the World Cup qualifiying round match to Qatar 2022
Players of Peru laments after the match the World Cup qualifiying round match to Qatar 2022

Looking at the last three meetings, it's unquestionable that Peru have always given Brazil a tough game - no matter what the end result was. But then again, Peru were in far better form during their recent encounters with Brazil.

This is a team without momentum, without star names, without home advantage and without a clean sheet in two years of international soccer. They could be in for a long night.

Brazil can threaten anyone

As things stand, Brazil are ranked third in FIFA's world rankings. That is a fair evaluation considering recent results and the individual brilliance that the squad possesses.

Venezuela were no match for Tite's men in the opener. The same can be said about all of Brazil's earlier seven opponents who all felt their wrath.

Brazil manager, Tite
Brazil manager, Tite

This is a national side that is beginning to hit its peak and it wouldn't come as a surprise if Brazil enter the 2022 World Cup as the supreme kings of South America.

Goalscorer bets

Neymar is without doubt the man in form for Brazil. But at current prices, the PSG man is not the one to back in the betting.

Instead, Richarlison looks a good alternative at 10/11. The Everton forward missed a number of good chances against Venezuela. Surely it's just a matter of time before he opens his Copa America account.

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