Brazil are determined to open their goal account in this year's Copa America when they take on Paraguay in Cordoba tomorrow - and striker Neymar does not care how they do it. The five-time world champions, who have won four of the last five Copa America tournaments, were held to a disappointing goalless draw against Venezuela in their opening Group A match.
Now they face a Paraguay team who have proved themselves a tough nut to crack in recent times - keeping clean sheets in six of their last seven matches - and Neymar admits his side will need to do better. "We have to improve," said the highly-rated youngster.
"It's not that we're always looking to create the most beautiful play. What we want is to score. A goal is a goal, no matter if you score it with the foot or the stomach. We created several chances against Venezuela, but we couldn't score. We have to do it against Paraguay."
Brazil coach Mano Menezes, who started with three forwards against Venezuela in Neymar, Robinho and Alexandre Pato, insists it is the job of the whole team to find a breakthrough. "That's not just the responsibility of the forwards. When a move begins in the right way from the back, then it has more chances to end better," said Menezes, who may opt to bring in Lucas in place of Robinho tomorrow.
"I liked the first 30 minutes against Venezuela. We played as I asked, as a team, moving the ball and we created lots of goal chances. Now we have to score them."
Paraguay also started their Copa America campaign with a goalless draw, against Ecuador in Santa Fe, leaving all four nations level in Group A. Coach Gerardo Martino, who led Paraguay to the FIFA World Cup™ quarter-finals last summer, said of tomorrow's game: "Brazil are obliged to be (Copa America) champions. We don't have this desperation, but we are going to try and win the game."