Liverpool midfielder Fabinho was a key man for Brazil in their 4-0 win over Peru in the Copa America last night.
The holders were taking on the side that they defeated in the 2019 final. It was the second round of fixtures in the group stage.
As it turned out, it was an easy three points for Brazil in Rio de Janeiro.
Goals from Alex Sandro, Neymar, Everton Ribeiro and Richarlison sealed a 4-0 win for A Selecao.
With each team playing four group stage games and four out of five teams qualifying from each of the two groups, Brazil manager Tite took the decision to rest some key players.
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson spent the game on the bench, along with Marquinhos and Casemiro.
Roberto Firmino only came on with 20 minutes to go.
Casemiro’s replacement in midfield, Fabinho, gave a performance that Liverpool fans have come to expect from him.
Fabinho not a regular Brazil starter – this game should do him a favour
Fabinho did a marvellous job of shielding the back four in order to keep a clean sheet.
He partnered Manchester United’s Fred in a midfield double-pivot in a 4-4-2 formation.
Fabinho almost had a goal with a thunderous strike from outside the box in the 24th minute. His effort went just wide.
The 27-year-old made the most passes in the match, with 81. He completed three out of three long balls and one cross.
He made four tackles and one interception as well as five recoveries.
Despite proving himself as one of the finest No 6’s on earth for Liverpool, Fabinho has not been able to cement his place in the Brazil starting XI.
That is due to the presence of Casemiro. He is himself one of the best defensive midfielders in the world.
We feel that Fabinho is as good as Casemiro, if not better. However, the Real Madrid man’s reputation is tough to overlook.
Considering the impact ‘El Flaco’ made against Peru, though, it will be hard to drop him.
Tite’s move to a 4-4-2 could be the way forward. Playing both in a double pivot would allow for four attackers to play with freedom.
It will be interesting to see what happens with Fabinho and Brazil during the rest of the Copa America.