Internationals: Thiago Silva captains Brazil to victory

Brazil’s march to Qatar 2022 continued in Caracas as Thiago Silva featured throughout in a come-from-behind victory over Venezuela.

The Selecao made it nine wins from nine in the South American qualifying section, though Tite’s men did not have it all their own way after falling behind early on to a header from Dynamo Kiev forward Eric Ramirez.

In fact, the visitors had to wait until the final 20 minutes before a late salvo brought about three goals and three points. Marquinhos first got on the end of a corner from Leeds winger Raphinha to restore parity before a penalty from Gabriel Barbosa and a stoppage-time effort from Antony secured the win.

Ramirez’s opener was the latest of just three goals conceded by Brazil in this qualifying campaign, with Thiago Silva captaining the side and forming a solid centre-back partnership alongside Marquinhos.

It takes the 2002 world champions eight points clear of Argentina at the top of the CONMEBOL qualifying standings ahead of forthcoming fixtures in Colombia and at home to Uruguay in the next week.

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