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Brazil Becomes First South American Team To Qualify For Qatar World Cup

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Brazil beat Colombia 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier in São Paulo to become the first South American team to qualify for Qatar 2022. Lucas Paquetá scored the vital goal after 72 minutes with a shot that David Ospina got a hand to but could not stop.

The result means Brazil top the 10-team group with 34 points from 12 games, nine clear of second-placed Argentina, who play Uruguay on Friday. The top four teams qualify automatically and the fifth-placed side go into an inter-regional play-off.

The win extended Brazil’s home run in qualifiers to 11 consecutive victories, a South American record, and marked their 10th consecutive home qualifier without conceding a goal, another record.

The match was feisty with neither side imposing themselves on a rainy surface in a physical game that produced 44 fouls and seven yellow cards. Brazil made a series of attacking changes in the second half, introducing Matheus Cunha, Vinícius Jr and the Ajax winger Antony, but it took a moment of magic from Paquetá to decide the game, when he took a pass from Neymar and fired home from just inside the box.

Asked about the team’s future now that the spot in Qatar is sealed, Brazil coach Tite said he would seek “solidity, creativity, goals and victories” until the World Cup begins.

“That is excellency. That is what moves us. We need to get as close to that as we can,” Tite told a news conference. “We will celebrate a little tomorrow to mark this moment.”