Brazil vs Venezuela

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This is a match of World Cup 2026 Qualification – CONMEBOL, Round 3.
Kick off: 00:30 UTC Friday Oct 13, 2023.

Referee: Carlos Ortega, Colombia
Venue: Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá, Mato Grosso

Brazil vs Venezuela Full Match Reports

In a surprising turn of events, Venezuela managed to snatch a late draw against a lackluster Brazil, preventing the Seleção from achieving their 16th consecutive home victory in FIFA World Cup qualifying (WCQ).

Unsurprisingly, the home team took control of the early phases of the match. Despite their possession, the only noteworthy attempt was a fierce strike by Neymar from the edge of the area in the opening minutes. Meanwhile, the visitors gradually found their footing in the game. Although Brazil had never lost a home WCQ match throughout their history, Venezuela began to gain confidence as the first half progressed. The hosts lacked bite in their attack, while Darwin Machís attempted a powerful long-range shot that troubled Ederson, although a pass might have been a wiser choice.

Frustration was visibly mounting among the Brazilian side, with Neymar notably growing impatient with the referee and potential time-wasting tactics by the visitors. As halftime approached, the home fans appeared unimpressed with the goalless scoreline.

Brazil emerged from the break with increased urgency and managed to break the deadlock in the 49th minute. Neymar delivered an inswinging corner, met by a fierce header from Gabriel Magalhães that found the net before Rafael Romo could react.

It seemed that this second goal would be the turning point, but the hosts struggled to expand their lead. Just after the one-hour mark, Rodrygo found some space in the box, but his effort hit the near post and went wide. Just when it appeared that the game would end 1-0 in favor of Brazil, Venezuela shocked the home crowd with a surprise equalizer in the dying moments. A relatively gentle cross from Jefferson Savarino floated beyond Eduard Bello, but the substitute executed an acrobatic overhead kick that left the home audience astounded.

Considering that Venezuela had lost their last 10 away WCQ matches in a row and had only managed to avoid defeat against Brazil once in their entire qualifying history, the final result was indeed a shock. Brazil’s performance was far from their best, and a draw was a fair outcome.

Neymar of Brazil was named the Man of the Match.