World Cup qualifiers: Brazil stay leading after edging previous Venezuela; Uruguay, Chile record simple wins
Roberto Firmino scored the only goal as the five-time World Champions had a hard time to seal the three points.
Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino scored the crucial objective as Brazil laboured to a 1-0 win over a well organized however limited Venezuela in their World Cup qualifier on Friday.
Firmino broke the deadlock on 66 minutes in Sao Paulo, poaching a goal after Venezuelan defender Darwin Machis’ attempt to clear an Everton Ribeiro cross fell to him a couple of lawns out.
Firmino’s 16th objective in 47 appearances for the Selecao was enough to maintain their one hundred percent record in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
Brazil have actually already beaten Bolivia (5-0) and Peru (4-2) and top the South American certifying table with Argentina 2nd.
Venezuela, who lost their very first 2 qualifiers, were established to contain and held the Brazilians scoreless at half time in the deserted Morumbi stadium.
The hosts missed out on the hurt Neymar’s imagination in midfield, but even with an attack sporting Firmino, Gabriel Jesus and Richarlison, they might discover no other way through the mass Venezuelan defence in the very first half.
Richarlison did have the ball in the net early on but the Everton striker’s celebrations were cut short when Firmino was adjudged to have actually been narrowly offside in the buildup.
For all Brazil’s pressing, Wuilker Farinez had little adequate to do in the Venezuela objective, however the keeper made a flying conserve to beat away a bouncing shot from Firmino right before the half-hour, the Liverpool striker heading the resulting corner well large.
With 75 percent possession however except concepts in attack, many of Brazil’s risk originated from the left and it was from there they worked their finest possibility on 32 minutes, Atletico Madrid’s Renan Lodi whipping in a cross that Gabriel Jesus and then Richarlison, at complete stretch, failed to turn in to an open objective.
Venezuela’s only threat originated from a separate the left wing by Yeferson Soteldo, whose cross for Salomon Rondon was hacked away by Marquinhos.
Rondon, formerly of West Bromwich Albion and now plying his trade for Chinese Super Lague club Dalian Professional, otherwise cut a separated figure when not hectic with defensive duties.
Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson, who hardly touched the ball during the whole match, responded rapidly to scramble the ball away when Rondon briefly threatened the Brazil goal at the death.
Venezuela’s Corinthians star Romulo Otero squandered Venezuela’s only other real chance when he fired a 25-meter totally free kick over Ederson’s bar in injury time.
An anxious Brazilian coach Tite will have seen how sorely his side missed out on Neymar’s creation.
The Paris Saint-Germain star, who suffered a thigh injury in a Champions League match last month, is likewise set to miss out on Tuesday’s match with Uruguay in Montevideo.
Venezuela host a resurgent Chile in Caracas on Tuesday.
Jose Peseiro’s side are likely to preserve their uneasy record of being the only South American group never to receive a World Cup.
Uruguay squashed ten-man Colombia 3-0 in the other World Cup qualifier on Friday as veterans from Edinson Cavani and Luis Suárez got on the scoresheet.
Darwin Nuñez included the 3rd in Barranquilla on Friday.
Uruguay, fourth in the standings after 3 matches, will on Tuesday face Brazil.
Uruguay were missing key players consisting of goalkeeper Martín Silva, defender Sebastián Coates, midfielder Federico Valverde, and striker Maxi Gómez.
But a mistake by Colombia defender Yerry Mina in the 5th minute offered Uruguay the lead. Mina lost the ball near his penalty box, Nahitan Nández pounced, and Cavani struck carefully from close quarters, giving no possibility to goalkeeper David Ospina.
Colombia missed a chance when Duván Zapata’s header struck the best post.
Uruguay returned through a counterattack. Rodrigo Betancur stopped a Colombia push and fed Suárez. The striker passed it back to Betancur inside the charge box and the midfielder was brought down by Jeison Murillo. Suárez, the top objective scorer in South American qualifiers, netted his 25th from the spot in the 54th minute.
Nuñez made it 3-0 in the 73rd, and Colombia entered into much deeper problem in the eleventh hour when protector Mina was sent out off after receiving a 2nd yellow card.
It was another veteran on target as Arturo Vidal brace offered Chile a 2-0 win over Peru in the World Cup qualifiers. It was Chile’s very first win of the qualifiers after a draw and a defeat in the opening 2 matches. Reinaldo Rueda’s guys are now in the sixth spot in the standings.