Copa America - Group C
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Brazil 2-1 Venezuela

Thiago Silva
Brazil would have been through with a draw

Thiago Silva and Roberto Firmino scored in each half to seal Brazil's place at the quarter-final stage of the Copa America as they defeated Venezuela.

Silva volleyed home a corner from Robinho - starting in place of Neymar following his tournament ban - early on before Firmino converted Willian's cross, with Miku scoring a consolation.

Brazil will now face Paraguay in the tournament quarter-finals on Saturday.

Colombia and Peru also qualified after drawing earlier in the day.

It was just the response manager Dunga would have desired from his Brazil side following the defeat by Colombia which had left their hopes of progressing in the balance.

They were cheered on from the stands in Chile by key forward Neymar, whose four-match ban for clashing with Colombia players in the aftermath of Thursday's match is being appealed by Brazil.

Copa America quarter-finals
Chile v Uruguay (00:30 BST, 25 June)
Bolivia v Peru (00:30 BST, 26 June)
Argentina v Colombia (00:30 BST, 27 June)
Brazil v Paraguay (22:30 BST, 27 June)

The gulf in class between the two teams meant his absence was not especially felt, however, with Silva quickly handing Brazil the initiative when he converted Robinho's corner with an emphatic volley which was too powerful for Alain Baroja.

The Venezuela goalkeeper went some way to redeeming himself four minutes after the restart when he reacted quickly to palm away a thumping Silva downward header which seemed destined for the bottom corner.

Firmino soon doubled the advantage though when he completed a slick move - sweeping home Willian's cross after the midfielder had combined well with Chelsea team-mate Filipe Luis down the left channel.

Miku gave Venezuela hope when he nodded in a loose ball after Brazil goalkeeper Jefferson had done well to tip a Juan Arango free-kick against the post.

A tense finale ensued and Miku almost sent his side through to the knockout stages in added time when found unmarked inside the penalty area only to fail to cleanly connect with a cross.

Firmino
Firmino converted a cross from Willian to extend Brazil's lead
Brazil
Brazil were slightly hanging on at the end - but closed out the game to win Group C

Line-ups

Brazil

  • 1Jefferson
  • 2Dani Alves
  • 14Thiago SilvaBooked at 83mins
  • 3Miranda
  • 6Filipe Luis
  • 5Fernandinho
  • 8Mendes Trindade
  • 19Willian
  • 21CoutinhoSubstituted forTardelli Martinsat 67'minutes
  • 20RobinhoSubstituted forMarquinhosat 76'minutes
  • 11FirminoSubstituted forDavid Luizat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4David Luiz
  • 7Douglas Costa
  • 9Tardelli Martins
  • 12Murara Neto
  • 13Marquinhos
  • 15Cerqueira Teles
  • 16Tavares
  • 17Fred
  • 18de Barros Ribeiro
  • 22Casemiro
  • 23Grohe

Venezuela

  • 1Baroja
  • 16Rosales
  • 4Vizcarrondo
  • 3TúñezBooked at 88mins
  • 6Cichero
  • 8Rincón
  • 13SeijasBooked at 45minsSubstituted forMartinezat 45'minutes
  • 10VargasBooked at 45minsSubstituted forGonzálezat 45'minutes
  • 18Arango
  • 15GuerraSubstituted forFedor Floresat 72'minutes
  • 9Rondón

Substitutes

  • 2Ángel
  • 7Fedor Flores
  • 11González
  • 12Hernández Santos
  • 14Lucena
  • 17Martinez
  • 19Acosta
  • 20Perozo
  • 21Rivas
  • 22Murillo
  • 23Fariñez
Referee:
Enrique Cáceres
Attendance:
33,284

Match Stats

Home TeamBrazilAway TeamVenezuela
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home17
Away10
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home17
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Brazil 2, Venezuela 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brazil 2, Venezuela 1.

Hand ball by César González (Venezuela).

Foul by Dani Alves (Brazil).

Gabriel Cichero (Venezuela) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Dani Alves (Brazil) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Booking

Andrés Túñez (Venezuela) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Dani Alves (Brazil) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Andrés Túñez (Venezuela).

Corner, Venezuela. Conceded by Marquinhos.

Miranda (Brazil) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andrés Túñez (Venezuela).

Foul by Elías (Brazil).

César González (Venezuela) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Brazil 2, Venezuela 1. Miku (Venezuela) header from very close range to the bottom right corner following a set piece situation.

Attempt saved. Juan Arango (Venezuela) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Booking

Thiago Silva (Brazil) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Thiago Silva (Brazil).

Miku (Venezuela) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. César González (Venezuela) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Fernandinho (Brazil).

Juan Arango (Venezuela) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. David Luiz (Brazil) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dani Alves with a headed pass.

Corner, Brazil. Conceded by Andrés Túñez.

Miranda (Brazil) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Salomón Rondón (Venezuela).

Attempt saved. Dani Alves (Brazil) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Willian.

Corner, Venezuela. Conceded by David Luiz.

Attempt missed. César González (Venezuela) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Miku.

Substitution

Substitution, Brazil. Marquinhos replaces Robinho.

Miranda (Brazil) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Miku (Venezuela).

Foul by David Luiz (Brazil).

César González (Venezuela) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Venezuela. Juan Arango tries a through ball, but Oswaldo Vizcarrondo is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Venezuela. Miku replaces Alejandro Guerra.

Foul by Willian (Brazil).

Roberto Rosales (Venezuela) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. César González (Venezuela) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alejandro Guerra.

Foul by Dani Alves (Brazil).

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 21st June 2015

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chile321010377
2Bolivia311137-44
3Ecuador310246-23
4Mexico302145-12

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Argentina32104227
2Paraguay31204315
3Uruguay31112204
4Jamaica300303-30

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Peru31112204
2Colombia31111104
3Brazil21012203
4Venezuela21011103
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