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Bolivia v Venezuela Live Commentary, 6/22/19

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L. Justiniano (82)
D. Machís (2)
D. Machís (55)
Josef Martínez (86)
Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto


Venezuela, meanwhile, will play the runner-up in Group B, who could be any of Paraguay, Qatar or Argentina. Given the form they're in, Venezuela will fancy their chances against any of them. That's all for now. Goodbye!
That result sends Venezuela through in second place in Group A with five points after Brazil beat sorry Peru 5-0 to top the group with seven points. Peru still have a good chance of qualifying as one of the best third place finishers, but that heavy defeat leaves them waiting on other teams' results. They'll also have to play Chile or Uruguay if they do go through. Bolivia are out.
Venezuela proceed to the quarter-finals of the 2019 Copa America with a 3-1 win over a mediocre Bolivia. Venezuela were on top from the second minute when Machis got their early goal, and from then on it was an uphill struggle for Bolivia against a well-drilled, counter-attacking side. Bolivia had a few chances, pulling a goal back through Justiniano, but after Machis got his second there was only going to be one winner, and substitute Martinez sealed the win for Venezuela late on.
90' + 4' Saucedo gets one last sight of goal from distance but it's blocked by Mago. Bolivia get the corner, but can't make anything of it. That's it!
90' + 2' This is the first game Venezuela has played against a CONMEBOL nation in the last three Copa Americas, going back to 2015, where they've attempted more shots than they've faced. Bolivia frankly look poor right now. There will be four added minutes.
90' Martinez is brought down by Haquin down the left flank. He subsequently heads over after Soteldo finds him again from the free kick! The blonde-haired striker has looked good since coming on.
88' Bolivia get a chance but it's too late now. Moreno's handball gives Bolivia a free kick from 35 yards but Arano sends his attempted shot into space.
Y. Soteldo
86' The credit for that goal can go to Solteldo, who positively teased Diego Bejarano on the left of Bolivia's box before popping the ball up to Martinez. Venezuela can take it easy now.
Josef Martínez
86' GOAL! 3-1 VENEZUELA! Martinez rises high in the centre of the box to loop a header over Lampe into the net! Venezuela's passage to the Copa America quarter-finals is secure!
J. Murillo
S. Rondón
85' The hardworking Rondon gets a few minutes' rest. Murillo comes on for him. 
84' Rondon is a touch forceful on Fernandez who wins a free kick in his own half. Venezuela don't look too rattled by that goal but they'll need to be careful now.
D. Bejarano
82' Diego Bejarano can claim the assist there. Venezuela have conceded their first goal of the tournament - can Bolivia grab a draw here?
L. Justiniano
82' GOAL! 2-1 BOLIVIA! Hello hello! What's this? Justiniano chances a low shot from outside Venezuela's box and it finds its way successfully past Farinez into the bottom right corner. They couldn't, could they?
80' Venezuela could be leading by a lot more. Haquin concedes a corner for Venezuela, Chancellor rises high and hits the same corner of post and bar that Castro hit in the first half! 
78' Bolivia get their first corner of the game when Chancellor puts the ball out of play. It doesn't lead to much though.
G. Álvarez
M. Martins
78' Bolivia make their final change. Martins has picked up a knock. Alvarez will have to play up front for the last 10 minutes. 
76' Bolivia can only defend at the moment. Martins puts the ball out for Venezuela's fourth corner of the game. They successfully get rid of it.
75' Venezuela almost get their third with three chances in quick succession! Moreno has a shot desperately blocked in the centre of the box, then Lampe leaps up to save Savarino's follow-up! Soteldo picks up the pieces but fires wide.
Josef Martínez
D. Machís
73' Venezuela react. Machis' day is done. He's replaced by the Atlanta United forward Martinez.
R. Fernández
M. Bejarano
72' Bolivia substitution. Marvin Bejarano has been struggling with Hernandez for a while. Fernandez replaces him at left back.
70' Seven of Bolivia's last eight Copa America goals have come through set-pieces. Seeing as they've hardly got any of those all game, you'd think their chances of getting back into this now are pretty slim.
68' Hernandez fouls Arano when the Bolivia winger tries getting down the left flank. Bolivia look out of ideas at the moment.
67' Machis almost gets his hat-trick! Hernandez finds his teammate with another perfect cross but the winger just can't get his feet right. Venezuela should be home and dry by now.
65' Up the other end, Venezuela almost make it three! First Arano can't get a shot from a difficult angle on target - not much on for him there. Then Hernandez receives a pass back from Savarino and finds Rondon in the box, who flashes an athletic scissor kick just wide! 
63' BOLIVIA COME CLOSE! Martins surges behind Mago and shoots straight at Farinez, who spills it! Arano follows up from a tight angle, but it's cleared off the line by a recovering Mago into Farinez's grateful arms! This isn't Bolivia's day.
R. Castro
Yellow Card
63' Castro finds himself in the book after a late kick on Rincon. He's added something to Bolivia's midfield since coming on, but his side are still 2-0 down.
Y. Soteldo
J. Añor
59' Venezuela make their first change of the game. Anor is replaced by the Santos midfielder Soteldo. 
57' Bolivia show they're still in this, just. Diego Bejarano gets forward from full-back, receives the ball from Castro and drags a left-footed shot wide of Farinez's goal.
T. Rincón
56' Rincon gets the assist for that one. Venezuela should be through to the knockout stage now, so long as they don't take their foot off the gas.
D. Machís
55' GOAL! 2-0 VENEZUELA! And it's Machis who gets his second! Venezuela get yet another counter, Machis skips past two Bolivia defenders and curls a satisfying shot past Lampe! Machis celebrates by pulling out a shirt with the name of injured teammate Arquimedes Figuera on it. A classy touch.
52' Bolivia manage to head the corner out. Machis picks the ball up outside the box and shoots but it's nowhere near on target. The Udinese winger is looking lively though.
50' Venezuela still look menacing when they get some space. Machis bursts down the left and fires a dangerous-looking cross in. Diego Bejarano puts it behind for a Venezuela corner.
48' Bolivia manage to get the corner away. Venezuela go back to their old habit of dropping off, and Arano cuts inside to have a pop from range. Farinez is alert though and catches well.
46' Venezuela get the second half underway and immediately lump it forward towards Machis down their left flank. He whips a cross in but it's headed away. Machis gets the ball back and wins a corner.
Remember, Bolivia need a win to have a chance of qualifying for the next round. Venezuela have lost just one of their last six Copa America games though, keeping four clean sheets in those games. Venezuela should be able to hold out for a result now - but will they?
Venezuela know what they're doing. Dudamel's side have proven their defensive solidity in this tournament so far and got the early goal they wanted through Machis. Now Bolivia have no choice but to chase the game, Venezuela are finding some joy on the counter. Bolivia have had their chances too, though - most notably when Castro hit the post. This game is far from over yet.
45' + 1' Rondon heads wide from Hernandez's corner. That'll be that for now.
45' Savarino, who's switched briefly to the left wing for Venezuela, cuts inside from the left of Bolivia's box and forces Lampe to push his curling shot away! Venezuela corner. There will be one added minute in this half.
44' Anor gives Saucedo the slip and Venezuela are on the attack! Anor finds Savarino, who elects to re-circulate the ball. Unfortunately Venezuela waste their possession when Hernandez puts a simple pass out of play.
42' Machis fouls Castro on Bolivia's right wing. Bolivia can't do anything with the free kick though.
40' Hernandez challenges Martins for a header and successfully wins a foul. It's all one-way traffic towards Venezuela's goal at the moment, even if Bolivia aren't creating any clear chances.
38' Bolivia hit the frame of the goal! They're growing into this game. Diego Bejarano works the ball inside to Castro, who finds space to get a swerving shot away. It beats Farinez and cannons off the far corner of post and bar!
36' Bolivia manage to deliver a cross into Venezuela's box but it's headed away. Mago tries to get his team upfield but can only put the ball out of play.
R. Castro
L. Vaca
34' Bolivia decide to make an early change. Leonardo Vaca is replaced by the defensive midfielder Castro.
32' News from the Brazil - Peru game: Brazil are 3-0 up against Peru. That means Venezuela would finish second in Group A as things stand. That result seems pretty safe already. All Venezuela need to do now is hold their nerve.
30' Bolivia keep losing possession and Venezuela look menacing whenever they go forward. That early goal has done Dudamel's side the world of good.
28' Bolivia are getting a little braver, but Justiniano dallies in midfield, Rondon picks his pocket and Venezuela counter through the middle! The ball's worked left to Machis, who crosses in towards Savarino. Savarino blows his chance, but thankfully for him Machis is offside anyway.
28' Anor wins a free kick down the right for Venezuela when he's fouled by Marvin Bejarano. The eventual free kick finds its way right into the arms of Lampe.
26' Now it's Venezuela's turn to try to break through the green wall as Bolivia drop off. Rosales angles another ball towards Savarino but again Marvin Bejarano deals with the danger.
24' After ten minutes of continuous and clean (read: uneventful) play there's a foul! Rincon is fouled in his own half by Saucedo after luring the midfielder in.
22' Mago lumps a ball forward from the back towards Savarino on the right flank but Marvin Bejarano is there to head it away.
20' The game has settled down a bit now as both sides are trying to find their rhythm. Most of the game is being played in Bolivia's half but Venezuela aren't particularly threatening.
18' Not a huge amount is going on. Venezuela are pressing Bolivia as soon as the ball goes near the halfway line but neither side can make an opportunity at the moment.
16' Venezuela have been quite content to let Bolivia have the ball at the back and then spring on the counter, as is their style. Bolivia have had almost 60% possession so far.
14' Martins nods a header down to Ramiro Vaca who skies a shot from outside the box. Bolivia have steadied themselves after their bad start to the game.
12' Saucedo is given a talking-to for leaving a high boot on Anor, who'd beaten him to the ball. He's lucky not to see a booking for that.
10' Anor is fouled in his own half by Saucedo after some over-eager pressing.
8' Bejarano wins a free kick for Bolivia when Machis stops him in his tracks. It's a lively, scrappy start to this game.
7' Ramiro Vaca finds Arano, whose right-footed shot from the centre of the box is pushed onto the post by Farinez! What a start to the game this is!
L. Justiniano
Yellow Card
6' Justiniano is shown an early yellow card for bringing down Rincon on the left wing.
4' Venezuela have flown out of the traps. Savarino has a shot blocked while Anor blazes a shot from range high and wide. Bolivia may be in for a long game.
R. Hernández
2' That was a lovely cross by Hernandez. Not a bad way for Venezuela to get their first goal of this tournament.
D. Machís
2' GOAL! 1-0 VENEZUELA! Hernandez gets forward from right-back and fires a cross towards the centre of the Bolivia box. Machis is there to thump a header into the centre of the goal. What a start by Venezuela, who are now top of Group A as things stand!
1' Referee Esteban Ostojich gets this game underway!
Venezuela may have won just one of their last five games with Bolivia in all competitions (D2 L2), but this still really should be a Venezuela win - the last time these two sides played in November 2016 in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, Venezuela thumped Bolivia 5-0. A similar result here wouldn't be a surprise.
There are also four changes to Venezuela's starting XI after their 0-0 with Brazil. Murillo, who started Venezuela's past two games, is benched - Anor takes his place in midfield. Mago also returns in defence after the one match suspension he incurred when he was sent off against Peru.
Bolivia make three changes from their 3-1 defeat by Peru as Eduardo Villegas switches to a 4-2-3-1, opting for a new midfield three of Arano, Ramiro Vaca and Leonardo Vaca. Martins continues up front after his penalty in that game.  
SUBS: Luis Seijas, Jhon Murillo, Josef Martinez, Yeferson Soteldo, Fernando Aristeguieta, Yangel Herrera, Rafael Romo, Joel Graterol, Yordan Osorio, Rolf Feltscher.
VENEZUELA (4-1-4-1): Wuilker Farinez; Roberto Rosales, Ronald Hernandez, Jhon Chancellor, Luis Del Pino Mago; Junior Moreno; Jefferson Savarino, Juan Pablo Anor, Tomas Rincon (c), Darwin Machis; Salomon Rondon.
SUBS: Saul Torres, Raul Castro, Erwin Saavedra, Diego Wayar, Gilbert Alvarez, Alejandro Chumacero, Javier Rojas, Roberto Fernandez, Jose Carrasco, Mario Cuellar, Ruben Cordano, Samuel Galindo.
BOLIVIA (4-2-3-1): Carlos Lampe; Diego Bejarano, Luis Haquin, Adrian Jusino, Marvin Bejarano (c); Fernando Saucedo, Leonel Justiniano; Cristian Arano, Ramiro Vaca, Leonardo Vaca; Marcelo Moreno Martins.
Venezuela's chances of getting through are higher. Starting the tournament with two 0-0 draws may not have set pulses racing, but it's put Rafael Dudamel's side in the position where a win here would send them through in the top two if there's a winner between Brazil and Peru. It's a win Venezuela really should be getting over a poor Bolivia side, although a draw may still be enough.
Bolivia and Venezuela may be winless so far in Group A but both sides can still get through to the knockout stage of this Copa America. Despite losing their opening two games in this group, Bolivia have a slight chance of qualifying as one of the top third-place finishers but need to win their first match in eight months to do it.
Hello and welcome to our live text commentary of this Copa America Group A match between Bolivia and Venezuela at Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte.