Venezuela 1-3 Brazil: Five-time world champions come back roaring from a goal deficit
Venezuela 1-3 Brazil: Five-time world champions come back roaring from a three-goal goal in the last 20 minutes to maintain a 100% winning start in World Cup qualifiers
- Eric Ramirez gave Venezuela an early lead after Fabinho and Marquinhos slipped
- Brazil tied the score again when Marquinhos headed home in the 71st minute
- Gabriel Barbosa scored a penalty for the visitors six minutes before the end
- Debutant Antony scored all three points with a goal in injury time
Brazil fought back from a goal, scoring three times in the second half and recording a 3-1 win over Venezuela, which maintained its 100 percent record in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
Venezuela had never beaten Brazil in a World Cup qualifier in 17 previous attempts, but their hopes rose after they took an early lead via Eric Ramirez, who converted Yeferson Soteldo’s cross after defenders Fabinho and Marquinhos slipped at the crucial moment.
Brazil, however, tied the score again when Marquinhos headed home a corner in the 71st minute before Gabriel Barbosa scored a penalty six minutes before the end and debutant Antony made it 3-1 in stoppage time.
Brazil fought back from a goal to score three times and take a win over Venezuela
Venezuela took an early lead over Eric Ramirez after Fabinho and Marquinhos slipped
But Gabriel Barbosa scored a penalty six minutes before the end to give the visitors all three points
Brazil was without Neymar for the game in Caracas as the PSG star was suspended
“It was a complicated game, we started way below (the level) we are used to,” said Marquinhos after Brazil’s ninth win in nine qualifiers.
“It’s hard to get a result, but results are what counts. The performance of the second half and the result are the positive points that we get out of it.’
With Argentina’s 0-0 draw in Paraguay, Brazil extended their lead at the top of the South American qualifying group to eight points. The top four teams will automatically qualify for Qatar and the fifth seeded side will advance to an inter-regional play-off.
Brazil missed the suspended Neymar, while Gabriel Jesus started for the first time since he was ejected from the Copa America quarter-final against Chile in July.
However, it was the introduction of substitutes in the second half that turned the game for the five-time world champion.
Central defender Marquinhos equalized Brazil in the 71st minute by converting a header from a corner
Barbosa celebrates his late penalty with Brazilian head coach Tite . on Thursday evening
Leeds United debutant Raphinha opened up space and hit the corner leading to Marquinhos’ goal, while Vinicius Jr played a key role in the build-up that led to Barbosa’s penalty.
Raphinha also ensured that fellow substitute Antony tapped home just before the final whistle and scored on his debut.
Also on Thursday, Ecuador defeated Bolivia 3-0 and moved up to third place in the group.
Brazilian debutant Antony scored in stoppage time to seal it for the five-time world champion
Michael Estrada opened the scoring and Ener Valencia was braced in the first half as the home side towered over Uruguay and came within three points of number two Argentina.
Peru defeated Chile 2-0 at home, leaving the visitors third from bottom with seven points from 10 games, ahead of only perennial contenders Bolivia and Venezuela.
Christian Cueva scored after 36 minutes and Sergio Pena made it 2-0 in the second half, while Peru remained hopeful of qualifying for a second consecutive World Cup. Peru has 11 points and is seventh in the ranking of 10 teams.