Brazil's triumph continues with last pair of goals
Brazil football team is flying in the World Cup qualifiers. The disciples of Titus do not seem to know any fruit except victory. Despite going to the Venezuelan ground and conceding a goal in the beginning, Selesaora is returning home after winning 3-1 with a pair of goals in the last minute.
Brazil picked up their ninth consecutive World Cup qualifier at the Venezuelan Olympic Stadium on Friday morning. Thanks to which they have become more mature at the top of the points table. The five-time world champions are six points ahead of second-placed Argentina with a full 28 points from nine matches.
In their ninth match, Brazil faced Venezuela and digested the goal in just 11 minutes. Eric Ramirez, the team's only striker, put the hosts ahead with a great header from a penalty spot on a cross by Soteldo.
Brazil became desperate to return to the match after digesting the goal in the beginning. But they are not able to break the lock of the goal by dominating the exchange or attacking one after the other. As a result, one goal has to be left behind.
Back in the second half, Thiago Silva found the net in the 57th minute of the match. But the star defender was offside when Rafinha gave a strong head in the set piece. As a result, the goal was canceled, Brazil had to stay behind in the match.
However, in the 61st minute, another defender Marquinhos' goal brought relief to the Brazil dugout. Marquinhos found the address of the net with a great header from the curved corner of the anointed Rafinha. This time there was no chance to raise the flag offside, the match was equal.
Brazil have drawn only three times with Venezuela in 26 competitive matches since 1989. It seemed that Selesao might have to lose points in today's match as well. But Gabigol and Antonio did not allow that to happen.
Venezuela conceded a penalty in the 75th minute of the match. The referee blows the penalty whistle if Gabigol is fouled in the D-box. Gabigol did not miss the easiest chance to score. As a result, Brazil got the lead with five minutes left.
However, they widened the gap before the last whistle of the match. Antonio Santos scored Brazil's third goal with Rafinha's second assist in the fifth minute of extra time. Brazil won the World Cup for the ninth time in nine matches by 3-1.
Despite repeated opportunities, Argentina did not win
Argentina faced Paraguay in great form. The Albiceleste kept the host Paraguay busy throughout the match with one attack after another. But they did not meet the work goal.
Lionel Scaloni's side suffered a failing finish in Friday morning's World Cup qualifier in Paraguay. That is why they lost points for the fourth time in the ninth match. Despite repeated attacks, Argentina had to leave the field with a goalless draw.
However, Lionel Messi and Angel Di Maria dominated the Estadio Defensero del Chaco. They held the ball 70 percent of the time throughout the match. They made 14 shots for the goal. 6 of which were along the target. But the net did not match.
Although they could not fight on an equal footing with Argentina, Paraguay did not. In the counter-attack, they also took a tough test of Argentine goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez. There were three shots along their target. All of them were returned by the Argentine goalkeeper.
Argentina created a pair of chances at the beginning of the match. Giovanni Lo Celso in the first minute and Huacin Correa in the third minute failed. In the next minute, however, Paraguay attacked Argentina's defense. As if to make it clear, they will not leave.
Over the next ten minutes the Correra, De Mariara took several more shots together. But each comes back from the defense of Paraguay. In the 28th minute of the match, Messi's free kick from outside the D-box went outside for a short while. As a result, Argentina has to burn in despair once again.
For the rest of the first half, he didn't get another chance. Back in the second half, Messi got a free kick in the 58th minute. This time he went over the bar for a while. Two minutes later, Messi's left-footed shot from De Maria's cross bounced off the crossbar into the net. The Paraguayan goalkeeper saved at the last minute.
For the rest of the match, the match was jammed with counter-attacks. But neither team was able to turn the opportunity into a goal. As a result, the match ended goalless, with two teams sharing points.
Even after this draw, Argentina still holds their second position. Their collection is 19 points in five wins and four draws in nine matches. Paraguay is at number six with 12 points from 10 matches.