Thiago Silva scored for Brazil in the ninth minute. Reuters

Even without Neymar, Brazil appear poised to make a deep run in the 2015 Copa America, as they lead Venezuela in a Group C match on Sunday. Dunga's squad have a 1-0 advantage at halftime at Estadio Monumental David Arellano in Santiago, Chile.

Brazil got on the scoreboard in the ninth minute, when forward Robinho delivered a curving corner kick that found its way to center back Thiago Silva. The Paris Saint-Germain star, who was poorly marked by the Venezuelan defense, used a right-footed volley that goalkeeper Alain Baroja had not time to block. It was a rare international goal for the 30-year-old who has over 50 appearances for Selecao.

Brazil have dominated after 45 minutes, with nine shots and three on target, while Venezuela have just three shots, and none on goal.

Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho started the game in place of Neymar, who is serving a four-game suspension.

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