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FIFA WCQ: Brazil comes from behind to beat Venezuela




South American giants Brazil fought back from a goal down to secure a 3-1 win over Venezuela in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers. The win helped the Brazilians maintain their 100% record in the qualifying series.


Venezuela had never beaten Brazil in a World Cup qualifier in 17 previous attempts but their hopes rose after taking an early lead through Eric Ramirez, who converted Yeferson Soteldo's cross after defenders Fabinho and Marquinhos slipped at the vital moment.


It seemed the Venezuelans would secure a win but Brazil got back on level terms when Marquinhos headed home a corner in the 71st minute. Gabriel Barbosa scored a penalty six minutes from time and Anthony made it 3-1 in stoppage time.


With Argentina's 0-0 draw at Paraguay, Brazil extended their lead at the top of the South American qualifying group to eight points. The top four teams qualify automatically for Qatar and the fifth-placed side goes into an inter-regional playoff.


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