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90' + 2'
Vinícius Júnior
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Lucas Paquetá
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J. Cuadrado
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Match Stats

63% 36%
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 6 1
Total Passes 602 346
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Pos Team P W D L F A +/- PTS Form
1 Brazil BRA Brazil 17 14 3 0 40 5 +35 45 W W W D D
2 Argentina ARG Argentina 17 11 6 0 27 8 +19 39 D W W W D
3 Uruguay URU Uruguay 18 8 4 6 22 22 0 28 W W W W L
4 Ecuador ECU Ecuador 18 7 5 6 27 19 +8 26 D L D D W
5 Peru PER Peru 18 7 3 8 19 22 -3 24 W L D W W
6 Colombia COL Colombia 18 5 8 5 20 19 +1 23 W W L L D
7 Chile CHI Chile 18 5 4 9 19 26 -7 19 L L W L L
8 Paraguay PAR Paraguay 18 3 7 8 12 26 -14 16 L W L L D
9 Bolivia BOL Bolivia 18 4 3 11 23 42 -19 15 L L L L W
10 Venezuela VEN Venezuela 18 3 1 14 14 34 -20 10 L L L W L


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That concludes our commentary of the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifier between Brazil and Colombia. We hope you’ve enjoyed it!
Brazil travel to Argentina to face the Albiceleste on Tuesday, while Colombia host Paraguay on the same day.
A physical affair at Neo Quimica Arena sees Brazil continue their scintillating form in World Cup qualifiers, beating Colombia by a narrow 1-0 margin to go 12 matches unbeaten. The stop-start nature of the game only continued in the second half, with nine substitutions as well as 18 fouls contributing to a lack of any rhythm. It wound up working for the Selecao, who took the lead with 18 minutes left through Lyon’s Paqueta before efficiently seeing out the remainder of the match with Alisson rarely in danger. Colombia failed to threaten in the second half as Rueda’s side complete another 90 minutes without finding the back of the net; their fourth in a row. The win puts Brazil top of the table by nine points temporarily, while Colombia drop down to fifth.
90' + 4' Brazil have now scored 27 goals in qualifying, which is six more than second-highest Ecuador despite playing a match less.
Vinícius Júnior
Yellow Card
90' + 2' Vinicius tugs Martinez back cynically in order to prevent a late counter-attack, earning the winger a yellow card.
90' The fourth official indicates that five minutes will be added to the end of the 90 for stoppages.
88' Neymar plays Vinicius into the penalty area with a lovely pass using the outside of his boot, but the Real Madrid winger fails to put the ball in the net despite drawing Ospina off his line. With the goal gaping, he is unable to keep his footing - stumbling over his own feet before putting it wide for a goal-kick.
Lucas Paquetá
86' Tite seems happy with a 1-0 win as he sends Fabinho on in Paqueta's place, looking to shut up shop.
Yellow Card
84' Casemiro's cynical foul on former Real Madrid team-mate Rodriguez sees the midfielder booked.
82' Cunha is played through on goal by fellow substitute Antony, but his eventual shot is turned behind by a sliding Sanchez.
80' Brazil have scored 15 of their 27 goals in CONMEBOL qualifying between the 60th and 90th minute (55%).
J. Rodríguez
D. Muñoz
78' Mejia is recalled to the bench as Rodriguez gets just over 10 minutes to turn the tides.
L. Muriel
W. Barrios
78' Muriel is in for Barrios as Rueda makes an attacking change with 12 minutes left.
76' Colombia have just under 15 minutes to wrestle back a point in this match. With Chile beating Paraguay earlier, the Cafeteros have dropped into fifth place in the standings - which would require a further qualifying round to make the World Cup proper.
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74' Neymar is shown a yellow card for shouting at the referee, who failed to brandish a booking after a heavy challenge on the wing sees Brazil awarded a free-kick.
72' Neymar is always capable of creating danger and he does it once again, with a lovely first-time assist for Paqueta.
Lucas Paquetá
72' BRAZIL TAKE THE LEAD! 1-0! Marquinhos wins back possession in midfield and plays a pass forward for Neymar, whose first touch sends a lovely ball through into the penalty area for Paqueta. The Lyon midfielder’s shot isn’t a convincing one but it hits off the hands of Ospina and finds the back of the net!
70' Antony beats Moreno with ease before putting a dangerous cross into the penalty area for Cunha, who sends his header looping over the crossbar.
68' Brazil have 10 men camped in Colombia’s half as they look for a way through but Rueda’s side are well organised - giving their opponents very little room to move near the penalty area.
Roger Martínez
L. Díaz
66' Porto's Diaz is also withdrawn, with Martinez chosen to take his spot.
M. Borja
D. Zapata
66' It's Colombia's turn to make two attacking changes. The first sees Borja sent on for Zapata.
Matheus Cunha
Gabriel Jesus
64' It’s two alterations in one go for Tite, who also sends Cunha on for Jesus.
64' A change on the wing sees Ajax’s Antony replace Raphinha.
62' Vinicius charges down the left wing, beating Cuadrado for pace before spraying a lovely switch to Raphinha. The delivery from the right looks to be good, but the Leeds United forward can’t get his cross past the jumping Sanchez.
60' Colombia have not scored in more than 330 minutes, with Diaz’s strike against Chile in September the last time the Cafeteros found the back of the net.
58' Neymar takes the free-kick and looks to trouble Ospina but a slight deflection off the wall sends it narrowly wide!
57' Neymar is brought down in midfield by the Cuellar, with the newly introduced substitute tugging on the forward’s jersey - pushing him over. Paqueta and Neymar stand over the deadball on the right wing.
G. Cuéllar
J. Mojica
55' A change for Colombia sees Mojica replaced by Cuellar.
52' Neymar wriggles through midfield but again his final delivery into the penalty area is blocked by two converging defenders. Colombia have done well tonight marking him out of the game; he has had very little impact at the top-end of the pitch.
50' Neymar cuts inside and looks to strike at goal but four Colombia defenders encircle the forward immediately - forcing him into a turnover of possession.
48' Jesus is brought down by Moreno inside the Brazilian half as the second period starts much in the same way the first ended.
Vinícius Júnior
46' A change at the half sees Vinicius sent on for Fred.
Colombia get the match restarted from the kick-off!
Brazil’s wealth of talent on the bench will no doubt scare what is essentially Colombia’s second-choice defensive partnership. With both Vinicius and Antony to call upon should Tite look to make a change on the wing and Cunha available through the middle, the Selecao coach is almost spoilt for choice. Colombia will no doubt be happy with a draw away in Brazil, though Muriel will be a good choice to provide an extra threat should Rueda spot an opportunity for a late win.
An entertaining 45 minutes comes to an end in Sao Paulo with Brazil and Colombia locked in an aggressive 0-0 draw. There were 23 fouls committed in the first half, which contributed to an extremely choppy and stop-start match. Despite the lack of rhythm, the opening period had a number of good chances, with Diaz’s curler from 30 yards out and Barrios’ volley looking the most likely to open the scoring. Brazil have dominated time on the ball as well as total shots, but most of their efforts have been tame and easy for Ospina to deal with.
45' + 1' The fourth official indicates that there will be two additional minutes at the end of the half.
45' Paqueta curls a shot towards the far post from the right side of the penalty area, but it’s an easy save for Ospina, who gets to his knees quickly to make the catch.
J. Cuadrado
Yellow Card
43' Cuadrado is shown a yellow card for having a bit too much to say to Neymar after the two engaged in a 50-50 that sent the PSG forward down holding his eye. It appears the flailing arm of the winger caught Neymar - but it was his antics afterwards that gets him in the book.
42' Zapata is called for a foul on Casemiro right in front of the referee as again play is stopped for a free-kick.
40' DIAZ GOES CLOSE! Cuadrado brings an aerial ball down beautifully and cuts inside ahead of Sandro, before playing a square pass to Diaz 30 yards from goal. The Porto winger hits it at the first time of asking and sends Alisson flying across his line - but the shot goes narrowly wide!
39' Raphinha takes the set-piece but sends it directly into the hands of Ospina.
38' Another free-kick for Brazil as Sandro finds himself on the ground after a dangerous sliding challenge from Munoz. The referee keeps his cards in his pocket but the location on the left wing should provide Brazil a chance to deliver it into the area.
37' Cuadrado fires at Alisson from the edge of the penalty area but the Liverpool goalkeeper makes a strong catch - preventing any rebound.
36' Danilo charges into the penalty area and looks to centre the ball towards the six-yard box, but Tesillo’s sliding challenge puts it off the post and behind for a corner.
35' Now play is stopped for Cuadrado, who is on the ground in pain after being charged through the back by his Juventus team-mate, Sandro.
Yellow Card
34' Fred attempts to bring the ball down in midfield but catches Barrios first - earning the Manchester United player a yellow card for a high boot.
33' Brazil and Colombia haven’t shared a 0-0 draw since a World Cup qualifying match in September 2008 - 10 matches ago.
31' Both Raphinha and Paqueta fake the shot but it’s Neymar who eventually strikes the set-piece, sending it into the wall and behind for a corner.
W. Barrios
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29' Neymar cuts inside from the left and barrels towards goal menacingly, forcing Barrios into a poorly timed sliding challenge that catches the PSG forward. It’s a yellow card for the midfielder and a free-kick in a very dangerous position for Brazil.
27' Paqueta takes a shot from a long way out - forcing Ospina into a diving save to his right.
25' Cuadrado takes a corner short to Mojica, who delivers a cross to the back post from the corner of the penalty area - where it’s met by Sanchez, who can only nod it down unconvincingly.
J. Mojica
Yellow Card
23' Mojica is shown the first yellow card of the match for a cynical challenge on Raphinha near the technical areas.
22' Paqueta attempts a scissor-kick after tracking the ball over his shoulder in the penalty area, but his attempt goes wide of the goal!
20' Lerma plays a lovely pass through for Zapata, who hits a powerful shot at goal from just inside the area. Marquinhos was able to close the angle slightly - forcing the striker to fire wide.
18' Fred is brought down cynically by Moreno, who gives the Manchester United midfielder a strong shove with the forearm. It’s a free-kick to Brazil which they look to play quickly.
16' Cuadrado puts a good delivery into the area but it comes off the shoulder of Sanchez - which allows Marquinhos to clear it away.
15' Things are getting chippy early as Sandro goes through the back of Lerma, giving away a free-kick which Casemiro is not pleased about. It’s deep in midfield but it looks as though Cuadrado will play it into the area.
13' Munoz crashes into Neymar, sending him to the ground in a heap holding his heel. Seconds later, Cuadrado slides through Paqueta with two feet in an attempt to win the ball. No cards, but the referee is forced to give Brazil a free-kick on the left wing.
11' Mojica plays a lovely pass down the left flank for the rapid Diaz, but Marquinhos’ positioning is excellent as the centre-back puts it out of play to allow his side a chance to retreat.
9' Danilo finds himself on the ball inside the penalty area and cuts inside before attempting a left-footed curler that misses the mark by a considerable margin.
7' GREAT SHOT! Barrios attempts a volley from a long way out, sending Alisson rocking back on his heels as the ball flies narrowly over the crossbar!
5' Casemiro plays a flat cross from a central position into the penalty area, but the delivery evades both Jesus and Neymar on its way behind for a goal-kick.
3' Casemiro’s neat backheel flick in midfield is intercepted by Tesillo, but the experienced midfielder wins it back almost immediately before looking to play it out to the left flank.
1' Brazil get the match underway from the kick-off!
Colombia make five changes from their 0-0 draw with Ecuador last time out. Munoz, Sanchez and Tesillo step into the defence to replace Juan Quintero, Mina and Cuesta. The midfield also receives a shuffle, with Mateus Uribe and Borre dropped for Lerma and Moreno.
Brazil make four changes from their 4-1 win over Uruguay last month. Alisson returns between the posts displacing Ederson, while Emerson and the injured Lucas Verissimo are replaced by Danilo and Marquinhos. The final change comes in midfield, where Fred is in for Fabinho.
COLOMBIA SUBS: Camilo Vargas, Andres Mosquera, Yeimar Gomez, Jhon Lucumi, Gustavo Cuellar, Victor Cantillo, Yerson Candelo, Luis Muriel, James Rodriguez, Rafael Santos Borre, Miguel Borja, Roger Martinez.
COLOMBIA XI (4-3-3): David Ospina; Daniel Munoz, Davinson Sanchez, William Tesillo, Johan Mojica; Jefferson Lerma, Wilmar Barrios, Yairo Moreno; Juan Cuadrado, Duvan Zapata, Luis Diaz.
BRAZIL SUBS: Ederson, Gabriel Chapeco, Eder Militao, Emerson Royal, Gabriel, Renan Lodi, Fabinho, Gerson, Matheus Cunha, Philippe Coutinho, Antony, Vinicius Junior.
BRAZIL XI (4-3-3): Alisson; Danilo, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Alex Sandro; Fred, Casemiro, Lucas Paqueta; Raphinha, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar.
With 15 minutes to go before kick-off, let's take a look at how the two sides are lining up - starting with our hosts!
The Cafeteros travel to Sao Paulo looking to end a run of three straight 0-0 draws, the second of which saw Brazil held to without a win for the first time this cycle. Reinaldo Rueda’s side are occupying fourth to start the day - the final automatic qualification position - though they could drop low as sixth depending on the results of those around them. A normally stringent defensive unit, Colombia will be without either of their starting centre-backs, as both Yerry Mina and Carlos Cuesta picked up injuries that will hold them out of this international break.
Brazil got back to winning ways last time out, beating Uruguay 4-1 after dropping their first points of the campaign in a 0-0 draw to Colombia one month ago. Tite’s side continue to set the pace at the top of the group with a six-point gap over second-place Argentina, conceding just four goals in 11 matches while scoring an impressive 26 times.
Hello and welcome to our LIVE commentary of the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying match between Brazil and Colombia!