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90' + 3'
Lucas Paquetá
0 - 2
J. Alonso
Yellow Card
O. Alderete
Yellow Card
A. Bareiro
Yellow Card
Gabriel Jesus
0 - 1

Match Stats

50% 49%
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 3 4
Total Passes 436 433
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Pos Team P W D L F A +/- PTS Form
1 Brazil BRA Brazil 11 10 1 0 26 4 +22 31 W D W W W
2 Argentina ARG Argentina 11 7 4 0 19 6 +13 25 W W D W W
3 Ecuador ECU Ecuador 12 5 2 5 20 13 +7 17 D L W L D
4 Colombia COL Colombia 12 3 7 2 16 16 0 16 D D D W D
5 Uruguay URU Uruguay 12 4 4 4 14 17 -3 16 L L D W W
6 Chile CHI Chile 12 3 4 5 14 14 0 13 W W L L D
7 Bolivia BOL Bolivia 12 3 3 6 17 25 -8 12 W W L L L
8 Paraguay PAR Paraguay 12 2 6 4 9 17 -8 12 L L D W D
9 Peru PER Peru 12 3 2 7 10 19 -9 11 L L W L W
10 Venezuela VEN Venezuela 12 2 1 9 8 22 -14 7 L W L L L


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Tite though will now turn his attention to just what the Copa America means for him and the Selecao. They are due to face Venezuela in their opening clash, while Paraguay face Bolivia. Until then however, thank you for joining us - and have a great week!
Eduardo Berizzo will have plenty of positives to take from that one. That injury-time goal has added a bit of gloss to the result that perhaps does Paraguay a disservice. But they will fancy holding their own in the Copa America.
Finishes for Neymar and Lucas Paqueta is the difference that does it in the end for Brazil - and ensures they solidify their spot atop the CONMEBOL Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifying group once again. A spirited Paraguay just lacked the final third options to catch them out; it is the Selecao who will leave Asuncion with their head held high. Full-time at Estadio Defensores del Chaco, it finishes Paraguay 0-2 Brazil.
90' + 3' Neymar, who else? He's had a good game - and one that he'll take heart from heading into the Copa America. A goal and an assist is nothing to be sniffed at, even for him.
Lucas Paquetá
90' + 3' GOAL! LUCAS PAQUETA CONFIRMS VICTORY FOR BRAZIL! 2-0! Neymar slips through the middle, plays the substitute in on the right and he cuts a low shot across the face of goal, beating the keeper before trickling in off the left post. Game, set and match.
90' Neymar's free-kick beats the wall but whips around the wrong side of the right post, out far. There will be four added minutes in this game.
J. Alonso
Yellow Card
88' Two yellows in the space of two minutes for Paraguay. It has become a particularly scrappy final act, and Junior Alonso is the latest to see a booking.
O. Alderete
Yellow Card
88' Now Alderete crashes into Neymar on the edge of the Brazil box, sparking more anger from both sets of players. He too is booked for his troubles.
A. Bareiro
Yellow Card
87' Antonio Bareiro is flagged for a scrappy foul out on the left wing now, the referee quick to show him the yellow card.
86' The set-piece is cleared on the far side for an attacking throw and the pressure is kept up, before Espinola sees a cracking half-volley saved.
84' A half-opportunity for Paraguay presents itself now, out on the right wing, 30-plus yards away from Ederson in goal.
Gabriel Jesus
82' The Selecao also introduce Everton Soares in place of Gabriel Jesus.
Gabriel Barbosa
82' Richarlison now is replaced by Gabriel Barbosa for Brazil.
B. Samudio
Á. Romero
80' Braian Samudio is brought on to replace Angel Romero by the hosts as well.
A. Bareiro
Á. Cardozo Lucena
80' Cardozo makes way for Paraguay shortly afterwards and Antonio Bareiro is his replacement.
78' Cardoza catches Neymar and the latter gives a full aria of discomfort as he rolls around on the floor. By the time he regains his feet, the hosts are primed to make more changes.
Gabriel Jesus
Yellow Card
76' Gabriel Jesus lunges into a tackle with a sluggish foolhardiness and picks up a yellow card for his effort, comfortably seated in his own half. Brazil cleanly deal with the free-kick that follows.
Douglas Luiz
Roberto Firmino
73' Substitution Roberto Firmino Barbosa de Oliveira Douglas Luiz Soares de Paulo
Ó. Romero
M. Villasanti
73' Mathias Villasanti meanwhile makes way now and Oscar Romero replaces him for Paraguay.
72' Both sides have just exchanged words with the fourth official. Another change incoming?
70' That should have been another for Richarlison! He's had one saved, one chalked off and now he is denied by a brilliant last-gasp tackle from Gomez to take the ball away as he's about to let rip from a handful of yards away.
68' To say they had mustered only around half as many passes as their visitors at one point, the two teams are pretty much neck and neck on every possession statistic right now, with a little more ball overall for Brazil. It's been a well-matched encounter.
65' Indeed, the tempo of this game feels like it has dropped to a crawl all of a sudden. Paraguay are finding some enjoyment down the right flank though, and work it well to snag some promising field position.
63' Those two changes have disrupted the flow of both sides to a point. Brazil look marginally more settled on the whole though; even without that second goal, they feel oddly comfortable.
G. Ávalos
G. Giménez
61' Gabriel Avalos also replaces Gaston Gimenez for the hosts.
A. Espínola
R. Rojas
61' Alberto Espinola replaces Robert Rojas in Paraguay's first change of the game.
59' What an effort that would have been from Richarlison! Having seen one chalked off for offside, the playmaker lofts a beauty out from the left edge that needs Silva to make a leaping save to deny him.
56' How close can you get there? Romero goes as near as possible without hitting the woodwork, brushing the subsequent corner around the far post with a low, angle header. Perilously close, there, perilously close stuff - particularly given it is his own goal!
54' Gomez overstretches trying to reel Jesus back in now and picks up a knock, albeit not in vain as he takes the ball away from the Brazilian's feet for a corner.
52' Will Paraguay make some swaps soon? Their technical area has a few players lurking around it, going through the motions of getting ready to emerge. There's still only the one goal to split the two.
50' The tempo isn't quite as rash as it was at the dawn of the first half; both sides are now playing with the sort of measured tone that suggests they've expanded too much energy too soon.
48' Stop by Ederson! Following an innocuous corner, Paraguay try the long throw trick and a powerful header is smashed from somewhere in the crowded box towards the goalkeeper, who covers it well.
Lucas Paquetá
46' There's been a Selecao change at the break - and perhaps conscious of that late yellow card in the first half, it is Fred who has made way for Lucas Paqueta.
46' We're back underway for the second half in Asuncion. Do Paraguay have a response up their sleeve or is this plain sailing for Brazil from here?
Neymar's fourth-minute finish is the difference at the interval at Estadio Defensores del Chaco - and it means that Brazil are on course to keep that spotless record in their CONMEBOL Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign. Their hosts will not go quietly though - this one is finely poised. Half-time, it is Paraguay 0-1 Brazil.
Neymar's fourth-minute finish is the difference at the interval at Estadio Defensores del Chaco - and it means that Brazil are on course to keep that spotless record in their CONMEBOL Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign. Their hosts will not go quietly though - this one is finely poised. Half-time, it is Paraguay 0-1 Brazil.
45' + 2' Oh, what a goal that would have been for Richarlison! The Everton man races onto a long ball, cuts in off the left wing and lofts a superb finish in at the far top-corner - but the offside flag is up. A cruel blow, that one.
45' There will be two added minutes before the break in this contest.
Yellow Card
43' Fred crashes into Almiron and picks up a booking for his challenge in midfield. The effort itself is more to cut off a potential break, hence his card from the collision.
41' No response from Paraguay still with less than five minutes to the break, and now they have to defend a corner, which they do astutely. Their forward drive has slipped a bit over the past few minutes.
39' Neymar is still darting around out there. Any knock that he may have picked up looks to have been shaken off, but he may still be substituted to preserve him for what's coming over the next month or so. It's going to be a busy time for him.
37' So far, Tite will have few complaints - and likely nor will opposite number Eduardo Berizzo either. This has very much been a well-matched qualifier - and one both will learn from ahead of the Copa America.
35' On this occasion however, Neymar doesn't have the golden touch, though the power he gets behind his finish would have likely ripped a hole in the net if he had found it.
33' They do say that the best sides in the world can turn the situation to their advantage and so Brazil do now, drawing a silly foul right on the lip of Paraguay's box. It's prime set-piece territory, this; the sort of blockbuster spot that can produce some magic.
31' Paraguay hound after a long ball speared downfield but the weight behind its original delivery is far too powerful to keep it in play, with Richarlison keeping a careful watch.
29' We're back underway - we could be in for a chunk of injury time when all is said and done - and Brazil take the opportunity to twist their press a little. That 4-2-2-2 has done a very good job for them through the middle so far.
27' In a mostly empty stadium tonight, the echoes of crowds means that the game noise billows around dramatically. Play grinds to another injury halt now, as Cardoza and Casemiro come together.
25' Hello, a spot of controversy! Paraguay think they should have a penalty but the referee waves any shout away. The incident in question sees Alderete land a close-range header onto Alex Sandro's upper arm; it would have arguably been harsh to give, though they have happened before.
23' With play back underway now, Paraguay set about pushing downfield again. The hosts haven't quote got it figured out in the final third but they very much are giving the impression of a side who is relishing the chance to go forward.
G. Gómez
Yellow Card
21' Gomez will get a yellow card for his foul on Neymar, as medics continue to attend to the forward.
20' It wouldn't be a Brazil international without a Neymar injury scare, would it? Having opened the scoring, the PSG man is now down after Gomez trimmed him across the back of the ankle unnecessarily.
18' In their change strip of blue and white today - and very natty it is too! - the Selecao just seem to have the answers in terms of cutting off supply to Miguel Almiron. The 5-3-2 formation Paraguay have chosen is still serving up opportunities however.
16' It's been a fairly well-matched affair so far in terms of opportunity, though Brazil have nudged more efforts on target. Tite barks something from his technical area as Paraguay look to slip around the press once more.
14' Richarlison latches onto a dipping cross and nearly punches it beyond Silva with the side of his boot. Brazil stray offside from the subsequent corner and Paraguay take a moment to steady their ship.
12' Perhaps the most notable element of Brazil's game so far? How rigid and high they are holding their defensive line in that 4-2-2-2 formation. The unorthodox approach means there's a wall of four bodies at any given moment, stretched across the pitch with imposing power there.
10' This has the makings of a lively contest, providing Paraguay do not allow themselves to be exploited too readily at the back. Brazil have the upper hand, but with a long way to go in this one, victory is far from certain.
8' Another corner for the hosts now and this one causes a little bit more trouble for Brazil, a defensive mix-up forcing Ederson to scuttle off his line and see off any impending danger.
6' Like a bat out of hell for Brazil! Paraguay look a little shell-shocked and no wonder. They're quick to respond though, immediately forcing their way back downfield from the off.
Gabriel Jesus
4' Jesus gets some attention there en-route to making the crucial intervention. He could have possibly gone down in the box and won a penalty, but in keeping his feet, he's landed the first assist of the night.
4' GOAL! NEYMAR HANDS BRAZIL A QUICK-FIRE LEAD INSIDE THE FIRST FIVE MINUTES! 1-0! Start as you mean to go on, eh? The Paris Saint-Germain man adds another to his Selecao tally with a scruffy close-range finish - though he won't care - burying a rickety Gabriel Jesus pass from across the box in at the near-left post.
3' This game is barely three minutes old and it's already got more than a hint of spice. As Paraguay blow an early corner, players on both sides appear to be jostling a little harder than is strictly necessary this early on.
1' We are underway in this CONMEBOL Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifier between Paraguay and Brazil!
The teams have emerged in Asuncion for the national anthems and we are moments away from kick-off.
We say that this could be a surprise result, but let's not pretend Paraguay are complete novices. Though they may be 35th in the world - Brazil are third - they've won as many games against the Selecao as they've lost in their last five meetings.
Subs: Alisson, Rodrigo Caio, Everton Ribeiro, Weverton, Emerson, Fabinho, Renan Lodi, Lucas Paqueta, Vinicius Junior, Everton, Gabriel Barbosa, Felipe.
BRAZIL (4-2-2-2): Ederson; Danilo, Eder Militao, Marquinhos, Alex Sandro; Casemiro, Fred; Gabriel Jesus, Richarlison; Roberto Firmino, Neymar.
Subs: Fabian Balbuena, Robert Piris Da Motta, Alejandro Romero Gamarra, Gabriel Avalos, Alfredo Aguilar, Alberto Espinola, Andres Cubas, David Martinez, Braian Samudio, Antonio Bareiro, Oscar Romero, Gerardo Ortiz.
PARAGUAY (5-3-2): Antony Silva; Robert Rojas, Gustavo Gomez, Junior Alonso, Omar Alderete, Santiago Arzamendia; Mathias Villasanti, Gaston Gimenez, Angel Cardozo; Miguel Almiron, Angel Romero.
It's three changes for the visitors, with Ederson handed the gloves and Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmono both drafted into the starting XI. The hosts make a pair of swaps: Junior Alonso and Santiago Arzamendia get the nod to begin from the off.
Paraguay - quarter-finalists at South Africa 2010 a decade ago, of course - are looking to book their first return since this time around, having missed out on Brazil 2014 and Russia 2018. A surprise victory here could vault them into the top four and keep them firmly on the front foot.
The rescheduled tournament, shifted from Argentina and Colombia to the Selecao's own backyard, has attracted widespread criticism from its players, with talks of a boycott. But all their focus today will surely be on ensuring they head back with another three points.
Having swatted aside Ecuador on home soil last week, Tite's side make the trip across the continent now with a view to further strengthening their spot at the head of the race for next year's tournament - and possibly to fine-tune ahead of a controversial Copa America.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of the CONMEBOL Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifiers as Brazil look to keep their spotless record intact against fellow hopefuls Paraguay at Estadio Defensores del Chaco in Asuncion.