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Internationals: Willian caps Brazil win, Christian Pulisic scores for the USA

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Willian struck a fine fifth goal for Brazil at the Copa America as they confirmed their place in the knockout stages with a big victory.

The game was against Peru who had been tied on four points with the Brazilians at the top of their group after the first two games in the championships for South American nations. However the host nation made light work of Saturday’s game and were 3-0 up by half-time.

That was 4-0 by the time Willian was introduced from the bench on 77 minutes and with 90 played, he stepped inside his marker near the left-hand corner of the penalty area and curled a brilliant shot into the net to make the final score 5-0, although it could have been more had Gabriel Jesus not failed to convert an even later penalty.

Brazil await to see who they will play in the quarter-finals on Thursday.

Saturday was the second game of the tournament for the United States in CONCACAF’s Gold Cup and it proved to be a comfortable win them with Christian Pulisic netting the fourth goal in a 6-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago.

It came on 73 minutes when he controlled a pass on the edge of the six-yard box and finished calmly. Four minutes earlier he had provided the assist for Gyasi Zardes from Columbus Crew to score. Pulisic had also crossed for the opener to be headed in just before half-time. Despite plenty of pressure, it took until late in the game for the States to really make their superiority count.

They now take on Panama on Wednesday who also won their first two games.

Jamaica top their group after Michael Hector helped them keep a clean sheet in their second group game against El Salvador. The match ended 0-0. Their third group game is against Curacao.

In the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, Kenneth Omeruo played the full game as Nigeria got their tournament off to a winning start with a 1-0 win over Burundi who were playing their first ever game in these finals.

The newcomers hit the bar in the first half but were defeated 1-0 when former Watford striker Odion Ighalo converted a skilful backheeled pass from Ola Aina who recently left Chelsea for Torino.

 

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