Brazil defeated Venezuela 2-1 on Sunday in its final group game to reach the Copa America quarterfinals without Neymar.
Thiago Silva scored with a volley in the 9th minute off a perfect delivery from a corner by Robinho — Neymar’s replacement. Roberto Firmino added the second in the 52nd, chipping in a cross from Willian.
The loss in Group C eliminated Venezuela, which got an 84th-minute goal from Miku.
The final match in qualifying set up the quarterfinal pairings with Chile vs Uruguay on Wednesday, Bolivia vs Peru on Thursday, Argentina vs. Colombia on Friday and Saturday’s match pitting Brazil against Paraguay.
Barcelona’s Neymar was banned for four games after a 1-0 loss to Colombia on Wednesday. Angry with the defeat, Neymar kicked a ball at a Colombia player, and also appeared to head-butt another player.
Brazil is proving that they can cope without Neymar.