Brazil vs. Ecuador – Football Match Report – June 5, 2021
Brazil beat Ecuador 2-0 in a tasteless World Cup qualifier on Friday in Porto Alegre to maintain their perfect record and stay ahead of the South American qualifying group for Qatar 2022.
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Everton forward Richarlison made the breakthrough 20 minutes into the second half when goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez couldn’t stop his shot from the near post.
Neymar then scored a penalty in added time after Gabriel Jesus fell and the referee pointed the spot after consulting the video assistant referee (VAR).
The Paris St Germain striker saw his first attempt saved but was allowed to retake the kick after the referee spotted a movement before the ball was struck.
Brazil were the better team for most of the game, but struggled to defeat a courageous Ecuadorian side who had won three of their previous four qualifiers.
Flamengo’s Gabriel Barbosa, who was making his first international start in five years, saw a goal disallowed for offside three minutes before halftime and moments later Dominguez recovered a low shot from Neymar around the post.
The result means Brazil lead the group of 10 South American teams, with 15 points in five games, four ahead of second-placed Argentina. Ecuador is third with nine.
The top four teams in the section automatically qualify for Qatar 2022 and the fifth team qualifies for an intercontinental play-off.
Brazil’s next game will be against Paraguay in Asuncion on June 8, while Ecuador will be at home against Peru on the same day.