CONMEBOL World Cup 2022 qualifiers: Brazil 1-0 Colombia
Lucas Paqueta

Brazil qualified for the 2022 World Cup after Lucas Paqueta's second-half strike secured a 1-0 victory over Colombia on Thursday.

Iran PressAmerica: The first half came to life during the closing stages as both teams had chances to open the scoring – Brazil finally got in behind Colombia and Danilo's cross deflected onto the post nine minutes before half-time.

Colombia star Luis Diaz then almost curled a stunning long-range effort into the back of the net three minutes later but it flashed just wide of the post, while Brazil's Marquinhos saw his header narrowly miss the far corner of the net on the stroke of half-time.

Like the opening 45 minutes, there was not much separating the two teams until Paqueta popped up to put Brazil ahead.

After Colombia failed to clear the ball properly, Brazil capitalized with 18 minutes remaining – Neymar playing a one-touch pass through to Paqueta, who managed to find a way past David Ospina in instinctive fashion.

Th Brazilians were able to see out the result and made it 11 wins from 12 in World Cup Qualifying. Brazil will travel to Argentina next. The match kick-off at 6:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, November 16.


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