Great result for Salomon Rondon and Venezuela as Brazil booed off
Salomon Rondon and Venezuela faced Brazil in their second Copa America group game.
The Newcastle loan striker and his teammates up against the tournament hosts and hot favourites on Tuesday night (Wednesday 1.30am UK time).
Earlier, Peru had beaten Bolivia 3-1, coming back from going a goal down to win comfortably in the end.
Venezuela had kicked off their Group A matches with a goalless draw against Peru and this was clearly their toughest game of the group.
Brazil had been booed off by their demanding fans at half-time when goalless against Bolvia (before going on to win 3-0) and last night they ended up being booed off at both half-time and full-time.
The home supporters (who appear to be the international equivalent of Chelsea fans) not happy with either their own players, or the match officials.
In total Brazil having three ‘goals’ ruled out, Firmino for a foul before scoring, whilst one late in each half seeing VAR cancel both out for offside.
Whilst Brazil were the more dominant team, the Venezuela keeper only had one or two difficult saves to make.
In fact it was Salomon Rondon who arguably came closest to getting a winning goal, his first half header (watch below at 4.20) only inches wide.
The game ending goalless and the Brazil supporters letting their players know what they think at the final whistle.
Venezuela now play Bolivia on Saturday (22 June), with Brazil up against Peru.
The tournament format means that whatever happens in the other game, Venezuela are all but guaranteed to go into the knockout stages if they beat Bolivia (who are by far the lowest ranked country in Group A).
— Salomón Rondón (@salorondon23) June 19, 2019
There are three groups of four and it is the top two in each group, plus the two best performing third place teams, that go through.
So if Peru and Brazil draw and Venezuela get a low scoring win, they would all be on five points with Rondon’s team only third, but pretty much guaranteed in those circumstances to be one of the two teams in third place with a better points total.
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