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Brazil boosted ahead of Copa America

Brazil boosted ahead of Copa America

Brazil enjoyed the perfect warm-up as they secured a 3-2 win over Mexico in their pre-Copa America friendly in Texas on Saturday (Jun 8).

Coach Dorival Junior, who assumed the Brazil job in January, decided to rest first-choice players such as Vinicius Jr, Endrick, Rodrygo and Raphinha. However, the alternative line-up paid off as they took an early lead when Andreas Pereira scored from a Savio pass in the 5th.

Brazil doubled their lead nine minutes after the break when Eder Militao's long throw-in was met by Yan Couto, who flicked the ball back into the area for Gabriel Martinelli to tap in alone.

The Mexicans weren't done yet, though, scoring in the 73rd minute through Julian Quinones, who converted a superb cross from Alexis Vega, before Guillermo Martinez Ayala equalised in added time at the 92th, only for Brazilian wunderkind Endrick to seal the win four minutes after.

The nine-times champions face the USA in another warm-up friendly on Wednesday before opening their Copa America campaign against Costa Rica on Jun 24 followed by Paraguay four days' later and Colombia on Jul 2.