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Brazil v Chile Live Commentary, 25/03/22

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BRA
CHI
Neymar (44 pen)
Vinícius Júnior (45+1)
Philippe Coutinho (72 pen)
Richarlison (90+1)
Estadio Jornalista Mário Filho (Maracanã)

Commentary

That concludes our commentary of the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifier between Brazil and Chile! We hope you’ve enjoyed it!
Brazil are in action again on Tuesday, when they travel to face Bolivia. Chile end their campaign on the same day at home against Uruguay.
It’s another comfortable victory at home for Brazil, who make it eight wins from eight home matches during this World Cup qualifying campaign by beating Chile 4-0. The hosts did their job in the first half after two late goals from Neymar and Vinicius provided a lead with some assurance, but they were temporarily pegged back after Vidal’s near-post finish immediately following the restart found its way past Alisson. The goal would not stand however due to offside in the build-up and it would be as close as the Roja came to getting one back, with Coutinho putting the match out of reach 18 minutes from time from a spot-kick after Bravo’s foul on Antony. A late Richarlison strike would add insult to injury and make it back-to-back four-goal showings for the Selecao after an impressive showing at the Maracana The win puts Brazil seven points ahead of Argentina ahead of their match tomorrow, while the loss leaves Chile with fifth place as a best-case scenario with one match remaining.
90' + 5' FULL-TIME: BRAZIL 4-0 CHILE.
90' + 3' The fourth official indicates four minutes will be added to the end of the 90 for stoppages.
Bruno Guimarães
Assist
Brazil
90' + 1' One substitute assists another as Bruno Guimaraes is credited with the key pass for Richarlison's goal.
Richarlison
Goal
Brazil
90' + 1' RICHARLISON MAKES IT FOUR! 4-0! The Everton forward makes an impact 16 minutes after his introduction, getting on the end of a Bruno Guimaraes pass and creating space ahead of Suazo before dispatching a left-footed effort into the bottom corner!
90' Coutinho’s late corner is beaten away by the head of Diaz inside the six-yard box.
88' Brazil have won all eight of their home qualifying matches, conceding a single goal in that time (in a 4-1 win over Uruguay in October 2021).
86' Montecinos’ late corner is swung into the box looking for Vidal but Fabinho clears it away with his head at the near post.
84' Coutinho looks to play a neat one-two pass with Bruno Guimaraes on the edge of the penalty area but a desperate Medel gets just enough of a poke to the ball to end the attack.
Fabinho
Casemiro
Brazil
82' It's a pair of alterations in midfield for Tite, who also sends Liverpool's Fabinho on for Casemiro.
Bruno Guimarães
Fred
Brazil
82' Bruno Guimaraes comes on for Fred as Brazil change things up in midfield.
81' Martinelli drives towards the byline before cutting inside and centring a pass for Arana, whose first-time effort flies high over the crossbar.
79' Brazil come forward looking for another goal but Montecino’s shoulder shove on Neymar is deemed fair by the referee as the Selecao forward is dispossessed 18 yards from Bravo’s net.
E. Pavez
C. Aránguiz
Chile
77' Aranguiz makes way with just over 10 minutes left. Pavez is his replacement.
J. Meneses
E. Vargas
Chile
76' Meneses comes on for Vargas as Lasarte looks to shake things up.
Gabriel Martinelli
Vinícius Júnior
Brazil
75' Having been already booked, Vinicius is withdrawn by the coach, who gives Martinelli his first senior appearance for the Brazil side.
Richarlison
Antony
Brazil
75' Richarlison comes on for Antony as Tite makes changes with 15 minutes remaining.
74' Chile have scored nine of their 19 qualifying goals after the half-time interval, with just two coming in the final 15 minutes of matches. Brazil have found the back of the net nine goals during that interval.
Philippe Coutinho
Penalty Goal
Brazil
72' 3-0 BRAZIL! Coutinho steps up instead of Neymar but dispatches his penalty with similar ease, tucking the spot-kick away in the bottom corner to increase the Selecao's lead.
G. Medel
Yellow Card
Chile
71' Never one to shirk from a challenge, Medel is also shown a yellow card for his role in the physical altercation.
Vinícius Júnior
Yellow Card
Brazil
71' A bit of pushing and shoving ensues after the awarding of the penalty, with Vinicius shown a yellow card for his part in the scrum.
C. Bravo
Yellow Card
Chile
69' Bravo is shown a yellow card for the tackle that left Antony on the turf.
69' PENALTY! Marquinhos' long-range pass over the top of the defence lands on the toe of Antony just inside the penalty area. Bravo charges off his line and clumsily bundles into the Ajax winger - sending him to the ground in a heap! The referee takes a second to think about it but ultimately points to the spot as Brazil are awarded another spot-kick.
67' Play comes to a stop for Vidal, who is down holding his ankle after playing a pass out to the right flank. There didn’t appear to be any contact from Coutinho, who was his nearest defender as the Inter midfielder looks to be struggling.
65' Sanchez skips past Casemiro 18 yards from goal and fires a quick shot looking to catch Alisson off-guard. Unphased, the Liverpool goalkeeper makes the routine catch at his near post.
Philippe Coutinho
Lucas Paquetá
Brazil
63' Coutinho gets 27 minutes to make an impact as Paqueta is withdrawn.
Neymar
Yellow Card
Brazil
62' Unhappy with his treatment, Neymar retaliates by pushing the defender in the back while the referee was showing him a yellow card. Left with no other choice, the match official also shows the PSG forward a yellow card.
P. Díaz
Yellow Card
Chile
62' Diaz’s crunching tackle on Neymar lands him in hot water with the referee, who shows him a yellow card.
R. Fernández
C. Baeza
Chile
61' Fernandez comes on for Baeza as Lasarte makes another attacking alteration.
Casemiro
Yellow Card
Brazil
60' The second yellow card of the match goes the way of Casemiro, whose reckless sliding challenge in midfield sent Sanchez airborne.
58' WHAT A CLEARANCE! Fred’s clever reverse-pass finds Antony on the right side of the penalty area but the Ajax winger opts for a chipped pass over Bravo instead of a shot. Paqueta charges towards the ball and looks to get a toe to it but a remarkable Baeza tackle puts it behind!
56' It’s disappointing from Sanchez, who fails to beat the first man allowing Fred to whack the ball away with a leaping volley.
55' Montecinos takes both Vinicius and Neymar on and ends up on the ground after the Real Madrid winger’s overzealous attempt to win the ball. It’s a free-kick for Chile on the right flank in a great position for a right-footed delivery.
54' There looks to be a problem for Arana, who has gone down off the ball holding the back of his left foot. The medical staff are on the pitch assessing the situation as Tite gives Telles precautionary instructions to warm up.
52' Chile are in a run of three-straight matches in World Cup qualifying without recording a clean sheet, after notching three on-the-bounce in their previous three fixtures.
50' It looked to be the perfect start to the half for the visitors, who had temporarily cut the deficit in half. Montecinos is clearly a smart and lively introduction but he’ll have to reproduce his earlier delivery and ensure his team-mate is onside if he wishes to spark a comeback.
48' CHILE SCORE BUT IT’S OVERTURNED! Montecinos looks to make an immediate impact, driving a low cross to the far post which is bundled over the line by Vidal, but the Inter midfielder has his goal chalked off after a lengthy VAR check - which deemed him to be in an offside position!
J. Montecinos
E. Roco
Chile
46' Montecinos replaces Roco as Chile make an attacking change.
46' Chile get the match restarted from the kick-off!
It looks to be a long way back for Chile, who are without Brereton as a replacement due to injury. Montecinos could provide the legs necessary to stretch the match late, however they’ll also need someone to link play from midfield to attack through the middle - with the introduction of Nunez likely. Tite is afforded further opportunity to rotate his side and provide opportunities for fringe players, with Martinelli looking for his first senior cap.
A late flurry of goals sees Brazil take a deserving 2-0 lead into the half-time interval at the Maracana. The hosts were undoubtedly the better side in the first half, fashioning a number of chances to break the deadlock if not for a lack of incision in front of goal. Bravo’s save after the ball had rolled through his legs looked to have been a telling sign of Tite’s frustrations, but a late penalty - won and dispatched by Neymar - gave the Selecao a seemingly last-gasp lead. They would have enough time to double it however, with Vinicius coolly slipping an effort past the goalkeeper and into the net in the last minute of injury time.
45' + 3' HALF-TIME: BRAZIL 2-0 CHILE.
Antony
Assist
Brazil
45' + 1' Antony registers an assist with his simple pass across the face of the 18-yard box.
Vinícius Júnior
Goal
Brazil
45' + 1' BRAZIL DOUBLE THEIR ADVANTAGE! 2-0! The floodgates are well and truly open now as Vinicius receives a square pass on the left-hand side of the penalty area from Antony and coolly slips a low shot past Bravo!
Neymar
Penalty Goal
Brazil
44' NO DOUBT ABOUT IT! 1-0 BRAZIL! Neymar steps up and dispatches an expert penalty, sending the goalkeeper the wrong way as he rolls his strike into the bottom-left corner! It’s number 71 for the Brazil forward, who is six goals away from Pele’s record!
43' PENALTY TO BRAZIL! Neymar gets himself into the penalty area and drives towards the byline before being taken out by a mistimed Isla slide tackle. There’s no doubt about it as the referee makes his mind up immediately - giving the Selecao a chance to take the lead before the half.
41' Neymar’s shaped corner is caught by an eager Bravo, who immediately goes to ground holding his face after a clash in the air with Casemiro.
39' SENSATIONAL! Vinicius drives into the penalty area down the left and slips a pass through for Neymar, who turns on the ball and hits a venomous shot from an acute angle. The ball rolls through the legs of Bravo, who still manages to get something on to turn it wide!
37' ANTONY FIRES WIDE! Danilo’s cross from the right flank for Paqueta is cleared by Medel, who can only put it as far as Antony on the edge of the penalty area. The Ajax winger takes a touch to settle the ball before hammering a shot that fails to find the near corner.
35' Play is temporarily halted for Isla, who is down holding his face following a collision with Fred. It was an innocuous attempt to close down the ball from the Manchester United midfielder which has left the Roja wing-back in a bit of pain.
33' Brazil and Chile haven’t managed to both score in the same game in five consecutive meetings, since a 1-1 draw in the 2014 World Cup; a match the Selecao won on penalties.
31' Vargas does well to get on the end of Isla’s cross pulled back to the edge of the penalty area but his standing volley bounces wide of the near post and behind.
29' Vidal looks to take advantage of an out of position Danilo by switching play to Suazo but the Inter midfielder puts it too long - sending it out for a throw-in.
27' Sanchez has an opportunity to better his service from set-pieces with a corner but his take is far too easy for Marquinhos to clear as Brazil once again escape unscathed.
25' Chile have an opportunity to put Alisson under pressure from a free-kick on the right wing but Sanchez’s cross is a poor one that allows Arana to clear it instantly.
23' WHAT A SAVE! Neymar works a short-corner routine to Vinicius before receiving a return pass and firing a cross into the penalty area on the run. The beautifully shaped delivery finds the head of a running Silva at the near post but the goalkeeper stoops low to catch the ball!
Lucas Paquetá
Yellow Card
Brazil
21' A frustrated Paqueta received the first yellow card of the match for dissent.
21' Vidal takes a speculative shot from a long way out and gets his angles wrong, firing some distance wide of the target.
19' CHANCE! Vinicius’ close control takes him into the penalty area before he slips a clever ball through into the six-yard box for Neymar. It’s there to be hit but the Paris Saint-Germain forward opts to take a touch - putting it comfortably into the arms of Bravo.
17' Danilo makes a forward run and gets on the end of Neymar’s pass in midfield, before poking it into the penalty area for Vinicius. The Real Madrid winger gets to the ball but he’s fairly outmuscled by Diaz, who keeps possession after the intervention.
15' Chile get forward for the first time all match through Suazo, whose left-footed cross deflects off of Danilo to allow Alisson an easy gather.
13' Neymar’s corner from the right is cleared by an involved Vidal, who manages to find Vargas with his cushioned header. The forward runs down a cul-de-sac immediately and loses possession to Paqueta, whose eventual cross is poor and lacking accuracy.
11' Neymar lifts the free-kick into the penalty area but Vidal atones for his earlier infringement, heading the danger away at the first time of asking.
10' It’s Vidal who is now called over to speak to the referee after a crunching challenge on Arana leaves the full-back on the pitch in a heap in midfield. It’s a free-kick for Brazil as Tite reprimands the fourth official, within range for a cross.
8' Both the left-footed Paqueta and Neymar stand over the ball but it’s the latter who strikes it, drilling a shot harmlessly into the wall as Chile are able to keep possession.
6' Sanchez is absolutely furious as he’s called for a foul 20 yards from goal after pushing Casemiro over from behind. He’s given away a free-kick in a dangerous position with which to trouble the goalkeeper.
4' Casemiro plays himself into trouble twice on the edge of the 18-yard box, giving Vargas a chance to strike at goal from distance. The volleyed effort looks to be on target but a deflection takes it over the top of the goal for a corner.
2' Great early chance! Fred plays Antony down the right flank, with the winger cutting inside in trademark fashion. It’s great build-up play from the Selecao but the eventual shot is a weak one that Bravo smothers well.
1' Brazil get the match underway from the kick-off!
Chile are in action for the first time since February 1 and make five changes from the side that beat Bolivia 3-2. Bravo returns between the posts after injury displacing Brayan Cortes while Roco replaces Kuscevic in defence. Erick Pulgar is unavailable and drops out midfield along with Nunez for Vidal and Baeza and in attack an injury to Ben Brereton Diaz sees Vargas take his place.
Brazil make seven changes from the XI that beat Paraguay 4-0 in their last match; February 1. Tite’s rotation at goalkeeper sees Liverpool’s Alisson replace Manchester City’s Ederson, while Danilo and Arana replace Alves and Telles at full-back. Fred and Casemiro are selected ahead of Coutinho and Fabinho in midfield and just ahead of them Antony and Neymar replace Raphinha and Matheus Cunha.
CHILE SUBS: Sebastian Perez, Zacarias Lopez Gonzalez, Jose Fuenzalida, Benjamin Kuscevic, Sebastian Vegas, Jean Meneses, Marcelino Nunez, Diego Valdes, Pablo Parra, Esteban Pavez, Joaquin Montecinos, Ronnie Fernandez.
CHILE XI (3-5-2): Claudio Bravo; Paulo Diaz, Enzo Roco, Gary Medel; Gabriel Suazo, Charles Aranguiz, Claudio Baeza, Arturo Vidal, Mauricio Isla; Alexis Sanchez, Eduardo Vargas.
BRAZIL SUBS: Weverton, Everson, Alex Telles, Dani Alves, Eder Militao, Philippe Coutinho, Fabinho, Bruno Guimaraes, Arthur, Richarlison, Gabriel Martinelli, Rodrygo.
BRAZIL (4-3-3): Alisson; Danilo, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Guilherme Arana; Fred, Casemiro; Antony, Lucas Paqueta, Vinicius Junior; 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!
Sitting two points outside of the play-in place, an unlikely win this evening for Chile against Brazil is imperative should they wish to carry a hope of World Cup qualification into their final match against Uruguay. La Roja have failed to beat the Selecao in their last four meetings since a 2-0 win in 2015, though the nation has never won a match in Brazil.
The only side to have qualified for every World Cup to date, Brazil have extended that record to whopping 22-straight tournaments after guaranteeing their place in Qatar 2022. Sitting on 39 points after 15 matches and guaranteed to drop no lower than second, Tite’s sole concern is to prevent rivals Argentina from usurping their spot at the top of the section with three matches remaining.
Hello and welcome to our LIVE commentary of the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying match between Brazil and Chile!