Brazil vs. Peru Copa America 2015 Preview squad Time & schedule
Brazil boss Dunga insists his team are not the favourites to win the Copa America title as they prepare to face Peru in their Group C opener. Brazil get their Copa America challenge under way on Sunday night with a clash against Peru in Temuco.
A classic powerhouse team, Brazil has never had a shortage of stars. This year, apart from Neymar, they are bannered by the likes of Dani Alves, Robinho, Roberto Firmino, Elias, Fernandinho, Casemiro, Fabinho, Filipe Luis, Danilo, and Jefferson at the goal.
Striker Neymar is expected to make his return to the starting lineup after linking up with the squad in the last few days. Dunga’s group was flying high until a frustrating 1-0 win over Honduras called into question the team’s offensive prowess. Neymar was held ineffective throughout the game, causing concern over whether this team was as invincible as its nine-straight wins have shown.
14 June 2015 • 21:30 • Temuco
Brazil possible starting lineup:
Jefferson, Fabinho, Miranda, David Luiz, Filipe Luis, Fernandinho, Elias, Firmino, Philippe Coutinho, Willian, Neymar
Peru possible starting lineup:
Gallese, Zambrano, Advincula, Farfan, Cespedes, Ballon, Lobaton, Cueva, Sanchez, Ascues, Guerrero
In the other Group C clash, Jose Pekerman’s Colombia team meet Venezuela in Rancagua.Dunga’s side are looking for their ninth Copa America title while Peru are looking to be the dark horses again, after unexpectedly finishing third when Argentina played host four years ago.
Eight-time winner of this tournament in all its guises, Brazil only reached the quarterfinals in 2011, while Peru finished third – overcoming Venezuela in a playoff after defeat in the last four to eventual champion Uruguay.