June 14, 2024

A surprising overhead kick by Eduard Bello helped Venezuela maintain Brazil to a 1-1 draw of their 2026 World Cup qualifier on Thursday, ending a house win streak in qualifying that stretched again 15 video games to 2015.

After a goalless first half in Cuiaba, defender Gabriel Magalhaes opened the scoring within the fiftieth minute, assembly Neymar’s nook with a bullet header on the close to publish for his first worldwide objective.

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Brazil had probabilities to increase their lead, with Vinicius Junior seeing a objective disallowed for offside within the 71st minute.

And the hosts had been made to rue their profligacy when Bello leapt into the air and fired residence Jefferson Savarino’s cross within the eighty fifth minute.

Venezuela's Eduard Bello celebrates after scoring a goal against Brazil in World Cup qualifying.
Venezuela’s Eduard Bello celebrates after scoring a objective in opposition to Brazil in World Cup qualifying.

The draw sees Brazil, who subsequent face Uruguay in Montevideo, fall to second within the standings after Argentina’s victory in Buenos Aires, the place the hosts earned the slender win due to an early stunner by Nicolas Otamendi.

The 35-year-old central defender had scored simply 4 targets in over 100 earlier appearances for Argentina however confirmed nice ability to place the World Cup champions forward after simply three minutes with a sensational volley from a nook.

Lionel Messi, who was included within the squad regardless of being sidelined in latest weeks by a muscle downside, got here on within the 53rd minute and went near including to Argentina’s tally, rattling the woodwork with a free kick in added time.

Argentina subsequent face Peru in Lima on Oct. 17.

Earlier within the day, a late penalty from Darwin Nunez earned Uruguay a 2-2 draw in opposition to Colombia in Barranquilla.

Marcelo Bielsa’s Uruguay went behind after James Rodriguez turned in Rafael Santos Borre’s cross within the thirty fifth minute, however they equalised simply after half-time via Mathias Olivera.

Colombia retook the lead 5 minutes later due to a Mateus Uribe strike from one other Borre cross.

Nevertheless, the house aspect was denied the win when goalkeeper Camilo Vargas was despatched off within the 87th minute after choosing up a second yellow card for a foul on Maximiliano Araujo, gifting away a penalty.

Alvaro Montero got here on to switch Vargas in objective however was unable to cease Nunez’s spot kick.

Colombia and Uruguay are third and fourth within the standings, whereas Chile are fifth following their 2-0 win over Peru.

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