The Euros are in full swing right now, and garnering most of the attention in the football world at the moment. There are some exciting matches taking place in Europe, and it’s the biggest international tournament not named the World Cup, so it’s going to get some attention. Perhaps getting the most media attention at the moment isn’t the action on the pitch, but what happened at a Cristiano Ronaldo press conference.
After Ronaldo hid the Coca-Cola bottles on the table and marketed regular old water, the company lost $4 billion in market share. If you want somebody to be the face of your product, Ronaldo isn’t a bad investment to make given his reach.
Over in South America for Copa America, the story has been about the number of people impacted by Covid. And I’m not just talking about the players, but personnel working the event have been affected the most. There have been at least 53 cases of Covid traced back to Copa America festivities in Brazil.
Venezuela’s squad is decimated right now with about a dozen staff members and players positive for the virus. Brazil is only hosting the Copa America as an emergency replacement after it was postponed last year in Argentina and Colombia. Whether players on the Brazil roster have had Covid or not, they don’t seem to be impacted much.
Brazil continues to fly high and have their eyes on the Copa America crown while gathering momentum for the World Cup in Qatar. The Brazilian squad is coming off a 3-0 win to open Copa America play on Sunday. This was only five days after they blanked a decent Paraguay squad, 2-0, in a World Cup qualifying match.
The club is on an eight-match winning streak dating back to 2019. Their last international loss was against Argentina on November 15, 2019, 1-0. That was the final dagger in a brutal stretch for Brazil that saw them draw against Nigeria, 1-1, and Senegal, 1-1. Since then, Brazil has wised up in form considerably. They take on a Peru club coming off a 2-1 win over Ecuador on June 8 in a World Cup qualifying event. It was a nice response after getting drilled by Colombia, 3-0. Head below for our free Brazil vs. Peru pick on June 17, 2021.
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This is a title defence campaign for Brazil. They are the defending Copa America champions, and are the heavy favorites to repeat for good reason. Brazil is playing with a lot of confidence at the moment. Neymar looks like he is having fun on the pitch and that certainly translates to positive results for Brazil. For this squad in Qatar it’s win or go back to Brazil feeling disappointed. There is going to be no in between for the Brazilians and their supporters expect no less.
This country is hungry for a World Cup now. During their eight-match winning streak, Brazil has conceded a goal in only one outing. Peru notched 2 goals at home in Peru in a 4-2 defeat against them on October 13, 2020. For Peru, they have to look at that performance and realize that they can score against Brazil. However, they still lost by 2 goals in a high-scoring affair, so you can look at it from both sides of the fence.
Going back to Brazil’s win against South Korea in late 2019, the Brazilians have scored an average of 2.75 goals per match, and have conceded an incredibly impressive 0.25 goals per match. Since Peru lost against Brazil in that 4-2 final noted above, they have just one win over Ecuador, 2-1, with a loss against Chile, 2-0, Argentina, 2-0, and Colombia, 3-0. Their win over Ecuador was the first since 2019. With Brazil playing in confident form at the moment, it’s tough to see them getting close for an upset this evening. I see a 3-0 win for the home side to win and cover.