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Brazil squeezes past Colombia to become the first South American team to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar…

  • Brazil becomes the first South American team to qualify for the World Cup
  • They pushed past Colombia in Sao Paulo, with Lucas Paqueta scoring the goal
  • Neymar was lucky enough to stay on the pitch after appearing to be talking to the referee











Brazil defeated Colombia 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Sao Paulo, becoming the first South American team to qualify for Qatar 2022.

Lucas Paqueta scored the crucial goal in the 72nd minute with a shot that goalkeeper David Ospina had on hand but failed to stop.

Neymar, meanwhile, was lucky enough to end the game on the pitch after appearing to beat the referee in bizarre scenes midway through the second half.

Neymar appeared to take on the referee during Brazil’s victory over Colombia on Thursday

Lucas Paqueta scored the only goal to send Brazil to Qatar's World Cup next winter

Lucas Paqueta scored the only goal to send Brazil to Qatar’s World Cup next winter

Vinicius Jr, Paqueta and Neymar Celebrate Together for the Admiring Audience of Sao Paulo

Vinicius Jr, Paqueta and Neymar Celebrate Together for the Admiring Audience of Sao Paulo

The PSG star, seemingly dissatisfied with any of the referee’s decisions, ran to the match official and shouted to him straight in the face before being shown a yellow card – but he’s lucky he didn’t see a red.

The result means Brazil tops the South American group of 10 teams with 34 points from 12 games, nine from second-place Argentina.

The top four teams will automatically qualify for Qatar 2022 and the fifth seeded side will advance to an inter-regional play-off.

“Colombia plays it very tight sometimes, so we had to use all the tools we had at our disposal,” said Brazilian defender Marquinhos, emphasizing their improvement in the second 45 minutes.

“Our team was intelligent and we were able to take advantage of the spaces as they opened up in the second half and created more chances.”

The win extended Brazil’s qualifying home run to 11 consecutive wins, a record in the South American region. The game also marked their 10th consecutive home qualifier without conceding a goal, another record.

Neymar had to fend off a pitch intruder full-time when security rushed to tow the man away

Neymar had to fend off a pitch intruder full-time when security rushed to tow the man away

The game in Sao Paulo was tough, with neither side pushing for a physical play on a rainy surface that resulted in 44 errors and seven yellow cards.

In the first half, Wilmar Barrios and Duvan Zapata both saw shots flash over the crossbar for Colombia, while on the other side Danilo saw a deflected shot off the side of the post and Marquinhos’ header went wide.

Brazil made a series of attacking changes in the second half introducing Matheus Cunha, Vinicus Jr and Ajax winger Antony, but it took a moment of magic from Paqueta to decide the match as he got a pass from Neymar and from just inside home shot the box.

The result puts Brazil, who have won 11 of their 12 matches so far, in an untouchable position.

Who will go with them to Qatar is still an open question after a night of fascinating results with almost all the other teams believing they could still take one of the places next to Brazil.

Neymar walks off the field in a cowboy hat after Brazil qualified for World Cup qualifiers

Neymar walks off the field in a cowboy hat after Brazil qualified for World Cup qualifiers

Earlier in the evening, an own goal from goalkeeper Antony Silva saw new Paraguayan manager Guillermo Barros Schelotto off to a losing start at home to Chile.

Ecuador remains in third place in the group thanks to a 1-0 home win over Venezuela.

Piero Hincapie scored the only goal of the game four minutes before half-time and put the home side on 20 points, five behind Argentina.

Peru kept their qualifying hopes alive with a 3-0 win over Bolivia in Lima.

Sergio Pena, Christian Cueva and Gianluca Lapadula scored in a smashing first half performance to take Peru to 14 points.

Just two points now separate Peru and the three teams above them, Chile, Colombia and Ecuador.

Bolivia and Paraguay are still two points behind, with only Venezuela adrift at the bottom of the ranking by seven points.

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