• Brazil get their 2015 Copa America campaign underway against Peru
  • Peru take a shock lead in third minute after shocking defensive error
  • Neymar equalises just two minutes later with powerful header 
  • Selecao chasing their 11th consecutive victory since World Cup
  • Brazil XI: Jefferson, Dani Alvez, Miranda, David Luiz, Filipe Luiz, Fernandinho, Elias, Willian, Fred, Diego Tardelli, Neymar
  • Peru XI: Gallese, Advincula, Zambrano, Ascues, Vargas, Ballon, Lobaton, Sanchez, Cueva, Guerrero, Farfan
  • Dunga’s team without Philippe Coutinho through injury
  • Estadio Municipal German Becker, Temuco kick-off is at 10.30pm BST 

Jonny Singer

Brazil begin the chase for their ninth Copa America title as they clash with Peru in a Group C match at the Estadio Municipal German Becker in Temuco.

The Selecao haven’t won the tournament since 2007, but with attacking talent including Neymar in their ranks are one of the favourites to go all the way in Chile.

Dunga’s side have a setback going into the match though with Liverpool forward Philippe Coutinho an injury concern ahead of kick-off.

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Willian’s race is run. Aside from Neymar, he’s been Brazil’s best player tonight, but Everton Ribeiro is asked to make an impact in the final five minutes. 

For the first time today, Brazil look in complete control and ready to pick off inferior opponents. 

A lovely passage of play sees the ball played through for Douglas Costa but Gallese, who has been impressive tonight, slides down in front of him and gathers. 

Perus go up the other end and cause problems of their own for the first time in a while, but Fernandinho mops up after some sloppy defending by his team-mates. 

That is seriously ugly. Juan Manuel Vargas scythes down Douglas Costa from behind. I think he was going for the ball, but he gets nowhere near. A clear booking. 

Brazil need a goal here, only seven minutes to get it. 

Peru making their first change, and it’s a double substitution as we go into the final ten minutes. 

They almost have to make it from behind, as Douglas Costa’s cross causes a bit of panic, before Firmino smashes miles over the bar from 30 yards.

Now time for Yordy Reyna and Andre Carrillo to come on – they replace goalscorer Christian Cueva and star man Jefferson Farfan. Both have tired in this second half. 

This is that strange tackle I was talking about – how do you tackle a man like Neymar from this position? He did it though!

Roberto Firmino, Manchester United target, is on for Fred. He is almost immediately flattened by Zambrano. Remarkably, no foul is given. That was a proper clatter!

Fernandinho with yet another foul on Guerrero, and it’s a free kick for Peru in a dangerous position, right on the edge of the box. Farfan…

Straight into the wall. Brazil break, and should be 2-1 ahead. Neymar shrugs off a challenge and feeds Douglas Costa, but the Shakhtar man chips over the keeper and past the post. 

Should have been a goal, or he could have played it back to his captain. Poor. 

How about this?! Willian, again dictating the play, gets on the ball in the middle of the park and slips in Neymar. His fancy footwork completely destroys the defender, who falls over.

But, with the hard work done, Neymar can’t go past the prone player, who somehow stops him while on one knee. Bizarre.

Brilliant chance for Brazil, as Willian is denied by a desperate block. Dani Alves arrives in the box and plays if for the Chelsea man, who volleys at goal from near the penalty spot. 

Zambrano, though, throws himself in front of the shot and gets it away. Quality defending. 

Dunga doesn’t look too enamoured with his team’s performance – but he has set them up to be pragmatic

That was fun – Peru looking as Brazilian as Brazil themselves. Ascues – who has been superb tonight, dances past three tackles on the edge of his own box. Lovely stuff.

Tardelli is going off now, and it’s Douglas Costa, that perennial Premier League target, who comes on for his seventh cap. 

It’s been a frustrating night for Diego Tardelli, who has now been replaced

Diego Tardelli is not a happy bunny. The Brazil striker is all hustle and bustle, not much flair, and even his physical attributes aren’t coming out on top. 

He is shown off the ball by the Peruvian defenders, who are just standing stronger for now. 

Time for a change?

Peru are giving as good as they get, even if the clear-cut chances aren’t quite coming. Two or three times in a matter of moments they drive into the Brazil box, providing hints of promise rather than actual shots. 

Still, you wouldn’t predict a Brazil win here with any certainty. 

Willian is making the step up as the player to support Neymar in his bid to guide Brazil to a win here. 

The Chelsea winger has been superb today, fizzing the latest cross in to a dangerous area, but no-one attacks it. Diego Costa would have loved that. How the selecao could do with the Brazil-born Spanish international. 

The Chelsea full back follows his captain into the book with a crunching, late, tackle on Farfan. Free kick in a dangerous position…

… and, again, wasted. This time it’s floated too deep for Guerrero arriving at the back post. 

David Luiz is the latest to try his luck from a free kick – the former Chelsea defender with his trademark run-up and sidefoot, but just over the bar.

That all came from a rather spectacular Neymar dive, 40 yards out. No doubt he was fouled, but some time later he threw himself, flamboyantly, to the floor. So frustrating. 

Another terrible set piece – they’ve been a feature of this tournament so far – this time from Neymar, sees Brazil go from the Peru box to their own. Schoing. 

Willian, though, is causing some problems with his direct running in this second half. 

The first real shot of the second period, and it’s that man Neymar once again. 

From a standing start on the edge of the box he just unleashes a strike out of nowhere. It’s past Gallese before he knows it’s there, but the ball smashes off the underside of the bar and out again.

Great hit. 

A foul on Guerrero gives Farfan the opportunity to put a cross into the box from a dangerous position. It’s not a great delivery though, and easily cleared.

Fernandinho, who gave away that free kick, has to be a little careful, he just went in very forcefully when competing for a header. Nothing given, but a little careless. 

You’re missing nothing at the moment, because that foul – Tardelli went in a little bit high on Ascues – has left the Peru defender in need of some treatment himself. Second half yet to really get going.

Diego Tardelli lands slightly awkwardly, but he’s ok to continue – I’m not sure there’d be too many Brazilian fans who would be disappointed if he had to go off, to be replaced by a more flair-based player. He doesn’t though.

Brazil move the ball around nicely at the start of this half, but no chances so far – and when Neymar does get in behind he’s called back for a Tardelli foul. 

Not sure why, but this half time seems to have gone on a long time. But don’t worry, the teams are back on, and we’re playing again. 

‘Selling Luiz for £50 million, the best bit of business ever,’ says vadid1 in the comments.

I rather like the Sideshow Bob-like defender – we even look slightly similar – but I do agree, £50m was a lot of money. 

That said, as well as the odd blunder he makes the odd brilliant challenge. Not a £50m defender, but still a very good one for me. 

Almost time for the second half, but before it starts, here’s a good read from Rik Sharma in Chile about the failings of Radamel Falcao. 

He really was woeful earlier. 

We still have 45 minutes to go, but in under an hour everyone will have played their first game in this Copa America – and so far none of the favourites have been totally convincing.

Argentina were pegged back from 2-0 up to draw, Chile flattered to deceive before winning, Colombia were outclassed by Venezuela and Brazil still clearly have defensive frailties.

Who is going to step up?

Easily the best first half of the tournament so far. Peru holding their own, there could easily have been more goals at both ends. 

Second half set up nicely.

The oddest yellow care you will ever see! Neymar goes into the book for scooping up the vanishing spray! Not sure if he was trying to move the spot of the free kick or not, but hte referee doesn’t like it!

When the free kick is finally taken, he puts it wide. 

You don’t want to get isolated against Neymar! The Brazil captain, on the break, runs at Ascues who takes the only option available to him – barging Neymar to the floor. 

Free kick in a dangerous position…

We haven’t seen much of Filipe Luis at Chelsea since he moved to England last summer, but he is making more of an impression here.

The former Atletico Madrid full back charges forward, cuts inside and gets into the Peru box. The shot, however, is high and wide. That’s why he’s a full back!

If Peru could do one thing better it would be to shut down Dani Alves – time and time again he’s allowed to cross into their box.

This time, after it clears Tardelli, Fred arrives, but he uses his hand to bring it down, bringing that attack to an end. 

I can’t overstate what a brilliant game this has been so far – almost no midfield, just one end to the other. Carlos Lobaton works Jefferson with a softly struck shot from 25 yards. Comfortable enough.

But both sides playing some good stuff, and lots of intent to attack. 

Neymar is very unhappy with the lack of protection he is getting from the referee. I don’t buy it. For the most part he is being denied by good defending, and going down too easily.

Not that such reasoned logic will save the referee from the Brazil captain’s complaints. 

Guerrero is causing Brazil all sorts of problems. This time his flick for Farfan almost puts the Schalke man in on goal. Just about defended properly in the end, at the expense of a corner. 

At the other end Willian, now moved over to the right, almost makes it 2-1, tricking his way past a defender before firing across goal. An old-fashioned cross-shot, no-one had followed in.

Ouch! A yellow card for Peru striker Guerrero, and it might have been worse. 

No malice at all from the forward, he’s just running with the ball when Dani Alves tries to tackle him, but in an attempt to protect possession he goes over the ball and into the Barca man’s knee.

I’ve seen red cards handed out for less, though a yellow probably suffices. After some lengthy treatment, Alves will continue. 

Stay on  your feet lad! Neymar may have all the skills to pay the bills – and then some – but he is prone to a dive now and again. 

He gets nothing from the referee and, to his credit, tracks back to get the ball, all the time arguing with the official. But still, not necessary. 

Samba time! Fred gets the ball, and dances around it. Not going anywhere, not even inviting a tackle, but just throwing some shapes over, past and around the ball. Classic Brazil – if slightly pointless.

Farfan tries to show he can do the same. It doesn’t work as well and Brazil get the ball back. Just beginning to exert a measure of control here, the selecao. 

Peru having some joy down the left, this time it’s Farfan who arrives on the end of a swift move to get a shot away. 

Bodies in the way this time, and it deflects behind for a wasted corner. 

Luis Advincula, as well as having one of the funnest names to say in the Peru line-up, is now the leader in my ‘foul of the day’ competition, passing Carlos Sanchez.

As Neymar beats him down the left, he grabs the Barca man, round the middle, with two arms, and pulls him down. Perfect rugby tackle. And yet somehow avoids a booking.

As ever Neymar is Brazil’s creative centre – but he isn’t always as thoroughly marked as this

The game just settling into a pattern for the first time after such a hectic start, and Peru having plenty of the ball. 

On the break though, Brazil are dangerous, and again the Peruvian defending is shocking. Diego Tardelli is given another free header in a remarkably similar position to the Neymar goal, from another Dani Alves cross.

The header itself is terrible, a real 50 pence piece job over the bar. But promising for Dunga’s side. 

This is a really interesting way of playing from Peru – it seems to me that they know their best players are all forwards, so they are going to play an open game, even if that means leaving the door open at the back.

Guerrero worries David Luiz again with some direct running, but when Brazil get it back they can counter quickly, and Gallese has to get out quickly to kick clear. 

Neymar heads in Brazil’s equaliser – but where were the Peruvian defenders?

So much to tell you about – now it’s down the other end, as Cueva makes Jefferson work again, this time from just outside the box.

The Brazilian keeper pushes it away, but he probably should have held that. Not a convincing start. The goal was, looking again, as much his fault as David Luiz’s.

Peru are not sitting back, and bravery may be stupidity as it allows Brazil to break at pace. Neymar leads a counter where Brazil have four on three after winning the ball on half-way.

The Barca man feeds Tardelli to his right, the striker fluffs his shot straight back into Neymar’s path, but his shot is somehow cleared by a sliding defender with Gallese beaten. 

Stunning stuff. 

Such a contrast to the first half in the previous game today, the chances are coming from everywhere. 

Neymar squares up a defender on the edge of the box and fires at goal, but it’s low and just wide. 

Brazilian forwards called Fred just don’t get any luck in front of goal, do they? The younger Fred, arriving on the left wing, is played in by Neymar, but sees his shot brilliantly tipped away by the agile Gallese. Good save. 

Peru’s Christian Cueva scores the first goal with barely two minutes played

Brazil’s defense was meant to be stronger under Dunga, but it doesn’t look that way yet! Guerrero gets away from Miranda so easily, and then goes down in the box. Nothing given, and probably that’s correct, but still dangerous!

That didn’t take very long! Brazil are level again, and no prizes for guessing who scored it.

Dani Alves gets down the right and crosses into the box, Neyam, left unmarked from eight yards, heads home emphatically.

Dreadful defending again, you can’t be surprised to see Neymar arrive in the box, but there was a clever diversionary run by Tardelli in their. 

What a shocker. Shades of last summer. After just 3 minutes, Brazil have stunk the place out in defence again, and David Luiz is at the heart of it!

Chirstian Cueva takes advantage, but how bad is this? David Luiz, harried by Guerrero, passes back to his keeper from a yard away. Jefferson can only pass it hurriedly to Cueva who makes no mistake. 

An absolute gift!

Brazil, in the famous yellow shirts and blue shorts, get us going. Expect Peru to sit back and look to play a quick, counter-attacking game. 

Also, enjoy the beauty of their kit – almost all red, but with a lovely thin diagonal white strip. They’ve barely had a kick in the first two minutes.

‘Why do you say “The Selecao”?’ asks Leonardo Lima, pointing out that it simply means the selection. 

I know, it’s just one of those traditions of the English press – we also refer to the German team as Die Mannschaftand various other teams by slightly odd names to those who come from the country. I can offer no real explanation!

But I can tell you that we are almost ready for kick off. Both teams in their pre-game huddles. Sheltering from the rain perhaps.

I will never understand why the men that matter think we want to hear footballers sing the national anthem. Watching them, hearing the crowd, fine. Hearing people who really can’t sing, try – if I wanted that I’d watch *insert generic talent show name here*

I’m not sure David Luiz knows the words – his lips are moving, but not in time with the other players!

I’m not saying Peru are definitely not going to score, but history isn’t on their side.

That said, Venezuela had never scored first against Colombia, or won their opening match at the Copa America – so history can be rewritten.

Plenty of Peru fans in the stadium for this game, as the players emerge… and don’t they look lovely (the players I mean – obviously)

A fan of Peru cheers before the start of the game

Remember, as ever, I always want to hear your thoughts. Tweet me (@Jonny_singer) or comment below. Is Neymar going to win this tournament for Brazil? Is Dunga the man to restore this team’s glory? Or can Peru cause an upset? I want to know.

You can also watch the game with our friends at Premier Sports, if you follow this link. Then tell me what you’re seeing that I’ve missed.

I’m really sorry, I don’t have a Peru icon – so it’s Brazil all the way down the left hand side of this page.

Los Incas, as they are known, have a few players you may recognise. Jefferson Farfan, the Schalke winger, has often been linked with a move to the Premier League, and has Champions League experience, while Caludio Pizarro, who starts on the bench, helped Bayern Munich win the Bundesliga this season.

Paolo Guerrero, also once of Bayern, was the top scorer in the 2011 Copa, and will be a threat up front.

Fiorentina’s Juan Manuel Vargas is worth watching in midfield.

As a footballing nation, Brazil are still scarred by that 7-1 defeat to Germany – so much so that they returned to Dunga – that dourest of Brazilian footballers – to guide the team again.

That means less creativity, more solidity I’m afraid. But surely they should have enough to beat Peru?

The teams are out for the game in Temuco, and a couple of interesting selections. Diego Tardelli is preferred to Firmino up front, while Fred – no not that one – starts in central midfield. He is rather more creative than the alternatives, so less Dunga than you’d expect! 

Brazil: Jefferson, Dani Alvez, Miranda, David Luiz, Filipe Luiz, Fernandinho, Elias, Willian, Fred, Diego Tardelli, Neymar

Peru: Gallese, Advincula, Zambrano, Ascues, Vargas, Ballon, Lobaton, Sanchez, Cueva, Guerrero, Farfan

Welcome back to Sportsmail’s Copa America coverage – and another cracker in store for you!

After Colombia slipped up against Venezuela, Brazil have the chance to take control of Group C.



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