Brazil win again in World Cup qualifier, players won’t boycott Copa América
World Cup qualifier, brazil win again ready for Copa América
Brazil recorded another victory in the qualifying series for the 2022 World Cup on the night of Tuesday to Wednesday (Dutch time). After the 0-2 win over Paraguay, the players said in a joint statement that they would simply take action at the much-discussed Copa América, which is due to start on Friday.
Brazil’s victory is special, as ‘The Divine Canaries’ had not won on Paraguayan soil in 36 years. Neymar and Lucas Paquetá (penalty) scored the goals.
World Cup qualifier, Brazil wins & set for Copa América
After the game, the players’ reaction to hosting the Copa América was mainly awaited. Brazil recently took over the organization after Colombia (political turmoil) and Argentina (corona concerns) waived it, but that decision has been widely criticized. Brazil is one of the hardest hit by the coronavirus.
The player said in a statement that he would not consider a boycott. “We are opposed to the organisation of the Copa América, but we will never refuse to play for the national team,” the statement read.
The final word on the Copa América has not yet been said, as Brazil’s Supreme Court is currently considering a request not to allow the tournament to go ahead in the country. Activist groups oppose organising the Copa América.
Argentina lose points again
Brazil, who are defending champions at the Copa América, are in the lead in the World Cup qualifying series. All six matches so far have been won by the five-time world champion.
Rival Argentina lost points for the third time by drawing 2-2 with Colombia. Thanks to Cristian Romero and Leandro Paredes, it was already 0-2 for Lionel Messi’s team within eight minutes, but after half-time things went wrong when Luis Muriel took advantage of a penalty and Miguel Borja netted deep in extra time.
Ajacieden Nicolás Tagliafico and Lisandro Martínez both remained on the bench for the Argentinians, who are now six points clear of Brazil. The top four in the South American group qualify for the World Cup.
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