- Round 1 of FIFA World Cup qualifying continued in South America
- Atalanta pair lead Colombia previous Venezuela, sensible Brazil breeze previous Bolivia
- Review all of the motion with FIFA.com
South American qualifying for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ continued with two intriguing fixtures on Friday night. Colombia, who reached the knockout stage at Russia 2018, beat Venezuela, a crew that has built-in a few of the gamers that completed runners-up on the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017. In the later recreation, report champions Brazil bought their Qatar 2022 qualifying journey off to a scintillating begin in opposition to Bolivia.
There will likely be celebrations throughout Colombia however maybe additionally over 9,000 kilometres away in Bergamo as two Atalanta gamers scored all the targets for Los Cafeteros in Barranquilla. Duvan Zapata opened the scoring within the sixteenth minute, ending off a nicely-labored crew objective as James Rodriguez despatched in a by cross to Juan Cuadrado on the best wing and the Juventus star discovered Zapata with a low and pushed teasing cross.
Zapata’s Atalanta crew-mate Luis Muriel doubled their lead simply over ten minutes later when Johan Mojica, himself an Atalanta participant on mortgage from Girona, discovered him with a low cross. Muriel added a second on the night time proper earlier than the break ending after a formidable run. It was the primary time that Zapata and Muriel had scored in the identical match for Colombia, capping off an almost-excellent night time had it not been for Santiago Arias struggling what appeared to be a severe ankle harm early within the match.
Over in Sao Paulo, Brazil have been in scintillating type, which was dangerous information for Bolivia. Marquinhos opened the scoring within the sixteenth minute with a thunderous header from a pinpoint, curling Danilo cross. Brazil’s second and third targets have been each finally faucet-ins by Roberto Firmino however they showcased the crew’s chemistry with each sequences involving spectacular construct-up play. Substitute Rodrygo performed a giant half in forcing an personal objective by Jorge Carrasco and Neymar, who had two assists on the night time, discovered Coutinho with a wonderfully-weighted, lofted cross and the Barcelona man did the remaining and headed house from shut vary.