As of Friday, Brazil has registered 498,499 deaths and a total of 17,801,462 confirmed Covid-19 cases, according to the official data. Brazil continues to be the second worst-hit nation globally - second after the United States. In the last week, Brazil saw 2,000 deaths per day on average.
A health worker treats a coronavirus disease (Covid-19) patient at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in the Ronaldo Gazolla Hospital, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil June 18, 2021.(REUTERS)
Already battered by the delayed vaccination campaign and the government's staunch opposition to social distancing measures, Brazil is expected to cross the grim milestone of at least half a million deaths due to coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
As of Friday, Brazil has registered 498,499 deaths and a total of 17,801,46...
Lionel Messi finally ticked the last empty box in his glittering soccer career on Saturday night, leading Argentina past host Brazil, 1-0, in the final of the Copa América in Rio de Janeiro.
Messi, 34, dropped to the ground in joy at the full-time whistle and was swiftly mobbed by his team-mates, before being hurled in the air in celebration, as he finally claimed top-level honours with his country in his 10th major tournament.
Lionel Messi Copa America 2021 Final (Image: Twitter)
He also helped end Argentina's 28-year spell since they last won the competition and was named player of the tournament after his four goals in the competition.
Angel di Maria proved the matchwinner with his superb lob, after taking down Rodrigo de Paul's lofted pass.
Messi had a chance to sig...
RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazil goalkeeper Ederson makes a save during a training session at the Granja Comary training centre in Teresopolis on Thursday. — AFP
RIO DE JANEIRO: Former Barcelona team-mates Lionel Messi and Neymar will line up opposite each other in Saturday’s Copa America final looking to end a hoodoo that has also affected some of their countries’ greatest players.
Like Brazil’s Pele and Diego Maradona of Argentina before them, neither Messi nor Neymar has ever won the Copa.
That statistic will change for one of them in the dream final at Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Maracana stadium.
For six-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi, this will be his fourth Copa final and perhaps his last chance to finish on the winning side.
He’s been his team’s standout performer, as ever, scorin...
Lucas Paqueta (L) celebrates with team-mates Neymar Jr (C) and Richarlison after scoring for Brazil against Peru
Brazil forward Neymar said he hopes Argentina will be their opponents in the Copa America final and has no doubts that the hosts would come out on top against their fierce rivals.
Brazil beat Peru 1-0 in last night's semi-final in Rio de Janeiro thanks to a 35th-minute goal from Lucas Paqueta - his second in two games - to book their spot in Saturday's decider at the Maracana stadium.
The second semi-final between Argentina and Colombia is on Tuesday.
"I want Argentina, I am cheering them on," Neymar said with a smile. "I have friends there and in the final Brazil will win."
The last time the two sides met in a Copa America final was in 2007, when Brazil won 3-0 ...
Neymar surpassed Ronaldo on the country’s all-time goals list after Brazil beat Peru 4-0 in their Copa America Group B encounter at the Estadio Olimpico Nilton Santos in Brazil.
Brazil coach Tite rotated the lineup, giving starts to Ederson, Alex Sandro, Thiago Silva, Everton and Gabriel Barbosa.
The hosts took the lead after 12 minutes when Alex Sandro volleyed home a cut back from Gabriel Jesus. With Fabinho a commanding presence in midfield and Neymar always dangerous going forward, Brazil took more control as the game went on and Neymar got a second midway through the second half.
Neymar’s marker gave him too much space the Brazilian fired a low shot past a Peru goalkeeper Pedro Gallese from just outside the box. It was Neymar’s fourth goal in Brazil’s last four matc...
Brazil players celebrate 3-0 victory against Venezuela in Copa America opener
Brazil opened the 2021 Copa America with a 3-0 win against Venezuela on Sunday, dominating their inexperienced opponents from start to finish in a one-sided match.
The Copa America was moved to Brazil with just two weeks notice after co-hosts Colombia were removed due to a wave of civil unrest, and Argentina pulled out because of a COVID-19 surge there.
Brazilian defender Marquinhos scored the opening goal midway through the first half when he was fortunate to see his backheel squeeze through a defender’s legs and into the net.
Brazilian defender Marquinhos (4) celebrates goal against Venezuela
The hosts continued to press and were rewarded in the 64th minute of the second half after a penalty was...