Brazil started the game positively and took the lead by scoring a goal in the fourth minute. gabriel martinelli, assisted by Vinicius Jr. However, the momentum changed when Vinicius Jr. had to leave the field with a thigh injury in the first half. Colombia took advantage of the situation and, boosted by the passionate home crowd, gradually took control of the game.
Luis Diaz played a key role for Colombia by creating 10 goalscoring chances. Despite facing tremendous defending from his Liverpool teammate Alisson, Diaz found the net with two headers in the 75th and 79th minutes, securing a come-from-behind victory. The emotional impact of the victory was evident as Diaz burst into tears, overwhelmed by the moment, and dedicated the victory to his father, who was celebrating in the stands.
With two consecutive losses in their last three matches, Brazil now find themselves in fifth place in the South American standings. The pressure intensifies as they prepare to host longtime rivals argentina Tuesday at Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Maracana. This upcoming match against Argentina presents an important opportunity for Brazil to reverse their recent form and gain momentum heading into World Cup qualifying.
Lionel Messi (AFP Photo)
Argentina are trying to bounce back after losing their opening five South American World Cup qualifier games, suffering a 2-0 defeat at home. uruguay on Thursday. Despite the defeat, they have retained their top position in the standings.
ronald araujo And Darwin Nunez scored in each half to seal Uruguay’s victory over Lionel Messi’s Argentina at the Bombonera Stadium in Buenos Aires. The win moved Uruguay to second place with 10 points, two points behind Argentina.
Araújo’s goal came in the 41st minute from inside the box with a first-time effort past goalkeeper Emiliano Martínezum. Nunez sealed the victory with a neat finish on the counter-attack in the 87th minute.
Messi acknowledged Uruguay’s strength, saying, “They are a strong and physical team and play with more intensity. We fought strongly to find ourselves and our game.”
He added, “We never felt comfortable, we couldn’t find a way to finish the ball or control the action, couldn’t keep possession of the ball for long periods of time, didn’t create chances and play the game they wanted to.” They were in good rhythm. They are a physical team who bring a lot of threat on counter-attacks, and they showed that with the goals they scored.”
Despite the setback, Argentina remain at the top of the standings, with Uruguay now close behind. Colombia are third with nine points, while fourth-placed Venezuela played out a goalless draw at home against sixth-placed Ecuador. Ecuador is just one point behind fifth-placed Brazil, who have seven points.
(With Reuters inputs)
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