International

Thiago Silva return in big Brazil win

Thiago Silva made his first appearance at the Copa America as Brazil maintained their perfect start to the tournament.

The Chelsea defender, who went off injured during the Champions League final, played the full game for his nation as they won 4-0 against Peru in Rio. The tournament is hosted by Brazil.

The home nation were following up on a 3-0 success in their opening group-stage match against Venezuela. Thiago Silva remained on the bench for that one.

In the Peru match the goals came from Juventus' Alex Sandro and from Neymar with two substitutes then weighing in, Richarlison completing the scoring close to the end after Flamengo’s Everton Ribeiro had netted the third from Richarlison’s cross.

Brazil, who are the defending Copa America champions, have now won nine consecutive competitive games and recorded six clean sheets in a row.

They top their five-team group and play against second-place Colombia next.

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