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World Cup Qualifier: Brazil Keep Perfect Record Against Venezuela In Comeback Win

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Oladimeji Balogun
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Brazil fought back from a goal down to score three times in the second half for a 3-1 win over Venezuela that maintained their perfect record in 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

Venezuela had never beaten Brazil in a World Cup qualifier in 17 previous attempts but their hopes rose after taking an early lead through Eric Ramirez, who converted Yeferson Soteldo's cross after defenders Fabinho and Marquinhos slipped at the vital moment.

However, Brazil got back on level terms when Marquinhos headed home a corner in the 71st minute before Gabriel Barbosa scored a penalty six minutes from time and Anthony made it 3-1 in stoppage time.

With Argentina’s 0-0 draw at Paraguay, Brazil extended their lead at the top of the South American qualifying group to eight points. The top four teams qualify automatically for Qatar and the fifth-placed side goes into an inter-regional playoff.

Brazil were missing the suspended Neymar while Gabriel Jesus started for the first time since getting sent off in the Copa America quarterfinal against Chile in July.

However, it was the introduction of second-half substitutes that turned the game for the five-time world champions.

Leeds United’s debutant Raphinha opened up space and hit the corner that led to Marquinhos’ goal, while Vinicius Jnr was instrumental in the buildup that led to Barbosa’s penalty.

Raphinha also set up fellow substitute Anthony to tap home just before the final whistle.

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Oladimeji Balogun
Oladimeji Balogun

Oladimeji Balogun is a graduate of the University of Ilorin where he studied Microbiology, he is a w...

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Copa America 2020/2021 TABLE

Copa America
No Teams P Pts
1 Brazil 4 10
2 Peru 4 7
3 Colombia 4 4
4 Ecuador 4 3
5 Venezuela 4 2
No Teams P Pts
1 Argentina 4 10
2 Uruguay 4 7
3 Paraguay 4 6
4 Chile 4 5
5 Bolivia 4 0
Full Table

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Brazil
Brazil

The Brazil national football team represents Brazil in men's international football and is administered by the Brazilian Football Confed...

Venezuela
Venezuela

Venezuela national football team represents Venezuela in men's international football and is controlled by the Venezuelan Football Feder...

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