Report: Brazil 0 Venezuela 0

Report: Brazil 0 Venezuela 0

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first_imgBrazil were twice denied by the VAR as the Selecao were frustrated by Venezuela in a 0-0 draw at the Copa America.Boos and whistles could be heard at Arena Fonte Nova – just like there were in Sao Paulo last week – following Brazil’s scoreless performance in Salvador on Tuesday.Roberto Firmino had a goal ruled out for a foul in the first half, while Gabriel Jesus’ close-range effort and Philippe Coutinho’s late goal were ruled offside after VAR checks to cap a forgettable evening. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The result left qualification up in the air, with hosts Brazil, Peru and Venezuela vying for the two last-16 spots.Brazil were booed at half-time of their eventual 3-0 win over Bolivia following a dour and scoreless first half. And the Selecao opened with real intent and intensity against Venezuela.Arthur – named in the starting XI at the expense of Fernandinho in the only change to the line-up – pulled the strings in midfield and he almost teed up David Neres but the Ajax star fired wide.Venezuela gave away possession cheaply minutes later and Richarlison almost capitalised as he forced Wuilker Farinez into a low diving save.While Brazil made a slick start, Venezuela fired a warning as star striker Salomon Rondon – the only member of the squad to have scored more than once in the competition – headed just wide of the post in the 19th minute.Brazil did find the back of the net via Firmino six minutes before half-time but it was ruled out for a foul on Mikel Villanueva as Tite’s men went into the break deadlocked again, drawing more boos.Jesus replaced Richarlison during the interval and the substitute thought he made an impact when he buried the ball home just past the hour mark, however, the Manchester City forward’s goal was ruled out for offside against Firmino following a VAR check.Groans grew around the stadium, while the Selecao were left frustrated at ground level with Venezuela continuing to hold firm against the eight-time champions, who thought they had snatched victory during the closing stages but Coutinho’s goal was ruled out by the VAR.2º TEMPO – 43 Minutos: Mais um gol anulado da #SeleçãoBrasileira! Finalização de Philippe Coutinho desviou em Firmino, que estava em posição de impedimento! 0 x 0  | #JogaBola #BRAxVEN #CopaAmérica— CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) June 19, 2019What does it mean? Pressure mounting on Tite’s BrazilGroup A will go down to the final matchday and Brazil’s position is far from certain. Eliminated in the group phase in 2016, the Selecao are level on four points with Peru, while Venezuela – who have drawn their opening two games – can still make it through.Venezuela battle to precious pointWith 21 wins in 24 previous meetings in all competitions, Brazil were expected to heap further pain on Venezuela. However, Rafael Dudamel’s side had other ideas to keep their slim hopes of qualification alive.Brazil underwhelm againBrazil were one of the favourites to win the 2018 World Cup. Tite’s side, however, have hit a wall since exiting in the quarter-finals. Playing in the absence of injured star Neymar, a three-goal second half against lowly Bolivia papered over the cracks. And while Brazil produced an improved performance on Tuesday, the result raised further questions.Key Opta Facts:- Brazil have kept eight consecutive clean sheets at home in the Copa America, last conceding against Venezuela in 1989.- For the first time ever at a Copa America, Venezuela have not lost to the host nation. They had lost the previous 14 such games.- Brazil are unbeaten in their past 16 Copa America home games, winning nine and drawing seven.- Three of the four goals cancelled by the VAR at the 2019 Copa America have been scored by Venezuela’s opponents.What’s next?Brazil will wrap up proceedings in Group A with a clash against Peru in Sao Paulo on Saturday as Venezuela face Bolivia on the same day in Belo Horizonte. read morelast_img

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first_imgOn the eve of Representative Round, representative players from Australia, New Zealand, City, Country and Pacific teams gathered at Rugby League Central in a combined show of support and to reaffirm efforts to end domestic violence.Representative players included Corey Parker (Kangaroos), Ruan Sims (Jillaroos), Sarina Fiso (Ferns), James Maloney (Country), Wade Graham (City), Peni Terepo (Tonga), Stanton Albert (PNG) and Eloni Vunakece (Fiji).The NRL has worked alongside domestic violence partners Our Watch, White Ribbon and Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia to develop additional resources and education tools in the fight against domestic violence, with a new commercial, website and education sessions announced today.Ambassador Alan Tongue will lead a group of NRL ambassadors in visiting communities throughout regional and rural Australia, helping to educate young men in particular on the importance of standing up, speaking out and taking action against domestic violence.”Our strong stance against this terrible issue is one of the most important messages that we can impart on communities and as a game, we will continue to do everything we can to prevent domestic violence,” Mr Tongue said.”We have a responsibility to our Rugby League players, their families and our communities at large to ensure they receive the education, support and resources available to make informed decisions and ultimately, make positive and consistent behaviour choices.”Kangaroos player Matt Scott will join Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga in a new commercial that highlights the need to communicate and speak out against domestic violence before it is too late.And a new website has been created, providing testimonials and interviews with former and current rugby league players, together with support options and advice from the NRL’s domestic violence partners.The NRL has received funding from ‘Our Watch’ (an independent, not for profit organisation aimed at eradicating domestic violence) to continue to reach existing and new communities and educate communities that violence of any kind is not okay.CEO Mary Barry congratulated the NRL on its continued stand against domestic violence and additional resources announced.”This isn’t a sporting issue or a rugby league issue, however sport has the opportunity to play an important role in preventing violence against women and their children,” said Ms Barry.”Sporting clubs and organisations bring together large numbers of people and are a ready-made environment to promote women’s participation and opportunities to eliminate gender-based discrimination, disrespect for women and violence-supportive attitudes.”It is pleasing that this is what the NRL is doing and the code should be commended for providing ongoing awareness towards ending discrimination and violence against women.”The NRLs domestic violence commercial will air for the first time during the upcoming Downer Test Match on Friday 6 May and education resources can be viewed online. Key messages:• One in three women in Australia have experienced physical violence.  This is unacceptable.• The NRL, together with players, Clubs, States, Pacific neighbours and communities, wants to continue to be a catalyst for change and contribute directly to the long-term prevention of domestic violence.• The game is strengthening its ongoing work and resolve to stand up, speak out and take action against domestic violence – forming a coalition alongside domestic violence experts, to change the behaviours, attitudes and actions of those in our communities that think domestic violence is ok.• The NRL has received funding from ‘Our Watch’ (a Federal Government department aimed at eradicating domestic violence) to continue to reach existing and new communities and educate young males in particular, that violence of any kind is not ok.• Voice Against Violence includes a Grassroots program for 16 – 18 year olds, a new commercial and website, aimed at decreasing and ultimately, ending domestic violence.last_img

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