Brazil became the first South American team to qualify for the. World Cup in Qatar, despite the fact that the tournament does not begin in Qatar for another year.
In a 1-0 triumph over Colombia, Lucas Paqueta scored Brazil‘s sole goal in the. 72nd minute, putting the Selecao 18 points ahead of fourth-placed Chile, which can only add 15 points from its remaining five matches.
Sixth-place Uruguay can still catch up to Brazil’s 34 points, but it will meet. Chile in the final round of qualifying, making it mathematically impossible for both of them to catch up to the leader.
South America’s top four teams are guaranteed a spot in the World Cup.
Brazil qualifies “This is the culmination of a lot of hard work that we started a long time ago,” Paquetá said after the game in Sao Paulo, which presented little chances for both teams.
“I sobbed tears of joy (after scoring) since I am living at this time with the national team and my club. Lyon.” Paquetá continued, “This comes from a lot of emotion, excitement for this well-done effort.”
After Marquinhos found Neymar in the heart of the Colombia defense, he scored.
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