It didn’t take long for Brazil to ratify its status as favorites in the Women’s Copa America.
Canarinha, champion in seven of the eight editions of the South American tournament, thrashed Argentina 4-0 this Saturday, in the first round of Group B, which is played at Estadio Centenario, in Armenia.
Albiceleste – the only team that broke the monopoly of Amazonas in the edition played in their country in 2006 – defended with order in the first stage of the challenge. But in the 28th minute, a combination between Bia Zaneratto and Tamires was submitted by Adriana to open the scoring.
At 36, Zaneratto made the maximum penalty for lack of Ruth Bravo, which she herself charged with her powerful left foot to widen the difference.
Brazil has not lost its great star Marta, winner of six FIFA World Player Awards and The Best FIFA 2018, who is recovering from a ruptured anterior ligament in her left knee.
At 58 years old, Zaneratto, who played in three World Cups (in 2011, 2015 and 2019) and is considered Marta’s successor, made an individual maneuver and helped Adriana sign her double.
Towards the end, Debinha closed the Brazilian rout by finishing a counterattack.
“It was important to start with a win. We had a very physical opponent, who made a lot of fouls, but we managed to build up the arrivals and goals”, highlighted striker Bia Zaneratto.
In the match that opened Group B, Venezuela beat Uruguay 1-0 thanks to a free-kick goal from their main figure Deyna Castellanos.
The forward, who has just been transferred from Atlético de Madrid to Manchester City, managed to break the resistance of “Celeste” in the 78th minute, with a free-kick just outside the area.
Until that moment, “Vinotinto” had the best chances of the match, but the Uruguayan goalkeeper Sofía Olivera avoided the fall of its fence with several remarkable interventions.
Castellanos, who holds the goalscoring record at Under-17 World Cups with 11 goals in his appearances in 2014 and 2016, arrived at the tournament with just enough money after suffering tenosynovitis of the right peroneal muscles during the preparation phase.
“I am very happy with the goal and the result. I’m in good condition, I’ve had a long recovery process due to the injury, but with each game I’m gaining more rhythm”, said Castellanos after the match.
The activity of Group B of the Women’s Copa America, which guarantees three direct spots for the 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand and two for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, continues this Tuesday with the matches Uruguay-Brazil and Argentina. -Peru.
On Monday, the second day of Group A will be played with Paraguay-Chile and Bolivia-Colombia.
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