Following a 4-0 win over Peru in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday, hosts Brazil became the first team to qualify for the Copa America knock-out stages, thanks to a heartbroken Neymar. Goals by Alex Sandro, Neymar, Everton Ribeiro, and Richarlison handed the holders a tenth consecutive victory and a perfect six points from two Group B games, while Peru slipped to the bottom. The first half saw nothing between the two teams, but Brazil's superior talent made the difference after the interval, with star Neymar inspiring them to an eventual easy victory.

"It's painful for me since many difficult, hard things transpired in the previous two years," Neymar remarked as tears streamed down his cheeks. He was injured two years ago and missed Brazil's Copa victory on home soil, but he was accused of rape before the tournament began, and the case was dropped due to a lack of evidence. His 68th goal in 107 appearances for his nation brought him within nine goals of Brazil great Pele's record. "It is a privilege for me to be a part of the history of the Brazilian national team. To be honest, it was always my goal to play for the Selecao and wear this shirt. I never expected reaching these figures."

Brazil continued to generate the better opportunities after the interval, with rightback Danilo getting forward to lash a half-volley over from the outside of the box. Brazil believed they had a penalty on the hour mark when Neymar tripped in the area under pressure from Renato Tapia, but as the PSG star readied to take the penalty, Argentine referee Patricio Loustau rushed over to examine the pitchside monitor and overturned his judgment. On 68 minutes, Peru handed over possession in midfield and Fred passed the ball into Neymar, who turned swiftly and fired low past goalkeeper Pedro Gallese from 20 yards.