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Venezeula beats Brazil 2-0

Venezeula beats Brazil 2-0

South America's most modest footballing nation Venezuela beat its most successful Brazil for the first time on Friday, and drank in the significance of the result, even if it was only a friendly.
Giancarlo Maldonado and Ronald Vargas scored first-half goals to give Venezuela to a surprisingly easy 2-0 win in a warm-up match for upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
Brazil was unbeaten in the previous 17 matches against Venezuela.
"We know the magnitude of what this night is," Venezuela coach Cesar Farias said through a translator. "Now we have to lift up our heads, get the whole country behind us and dream about the possibilities."
Venezuela's goal is now to make the 2010 World Cup. Its qualifiers in mid-June are at Uruguay and at home against Chile.
With each team having played four of its nine qualifiers, Venezuela is fifth in the ten-team standings. The top four qualify directly for the World Cup while the fifth-place finisher goes into a playoff against the fourth-ranked CONCACAF nation.
"It was inside of the friendly, but the score is what the whole country was waiting for," defender Jose Manuel Rey said through a translator. "It's a historical win. Venezuela is making a party all night. This gives us more responsibility to keep working hard, and we're looking forward to the first game of the World Cup."
Brazil coach Dunga changed his entire starting eleven except for Robinho, who scored the winner against Canada in a 3-2 friendly win in Seattle last Saturday.
"I better learn with wins," Dunga said. "Thinking as a coach, it would have been nice to see the same players, but you've got to try new players."
Having struggled to shake off Canada, and now losing to continental minnows Venezuela, Brazil must somehow find form before playing June 14 at Paraguay and hosting top-ranked Argentina on June 17. Those two nations lead third-placed Brazil in the current qualification standings.
"We can use this for the qualifier," Alexandre Pato through a translator. "You can take the good from the bad. We will do better."
The result was disappointng for the largely pro-Brazil crowd of 54,045.
"We beat the most historic team in the world," Farias said. "Now they're going to start wearing the Venezuela jersey more in Venezuela than the Brazil jersey."
"We always believed we could do this."
For most of the opening 35 minutes Brazil controlled play in the Venezuela end, but went behind when Maldonado chipped in a shot from about 8-feet out in the sixth minute. Maldonado won the Mexico's Golden Boot with 26 goals, playing for champion Atlanta.
"This is a good win to build our confidence," Maldonado said through a translator. "But we have to stay humble because of the important games coming up. Now we know we can beat them."
Vargas' goal came in the 44th minute when he dribbled around defender Luisao and beat goalkeeper Doni.
Brazil came closest in the 57th minute when Diego's bicycle kick hit the right post.


Updated : 2021-04-16 10:39 GMT+08:00