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Casemiro urges teammates to live up to expectations at Copa America

Mon 14 June 2021 | 8:06

The Selecao defeated Venezuela in their opening match of the tournament on Sunday.

Brazil

crushed

Venezuela

3-0 in the first match of their Copa America 2021 campaign.

Marquinhos

opened the scoring for the hosts and two goals by

Neymar

and

Gabriel Barbosa

secured the victory for

Tite

’s side. In a post-match interview,

Casemiro

said the Selecao must embrace the pressure of high expectations.

"This shirt is very strong,"

he told reporters.

"It's very heavy and it has a very long history. Be it a friendly, Copa America, qualifiers, the World Cup, you have to play to win because the level of demands is very high.

"Those who come in have to honour this shirt, regardless of the result. But here it is about delivering, giving everything and always wanting to win."

Marquinhos, who scored Brazil’s first goal against Venezuela, reflected on his performance after the game.

"I believe the team managed to do what they wanted,"

he said.

"We knew we were going to find a closed team which would make our game difficult. But thank God we were able to open the scoring, which made it easier.

"We have to make the most of it. We know how important it is to score, regardless of being a defender, especially in a game like this in which the first goal is very important for the opponent to open up a little more."

Brazil placed themselves at the top of the Group A standings after their first match. The Selecao will play against

Peru

in their next game on Friday.


source: SportMob