Brazil got off to a good start in the South American qualifying series for the 2022 World Cup in the night from Friday to Saturday (Dutch time). The team of national coach Tite won 5-0 against Bolivia. Santiago Arias was seriously injured in Colombia-Venezuela.
Brazil took the lead by Marquinhos in the Neo Quimica Arena in São Paulo after fifteen minutes of play. After half an hour, Roberto Firmino doubled the margin.
On a pass from Neymar, Firmino was also accurate just after the break. José Carrasco (own goal) and Philippe Coutinho further increased the score.
Colombia also took three points in the first game of the qualifying series. The team of national coach Carlos Queiroz defeated Venezuela 3-0. Luis Muriel (twice) and Duvan Zapata, both players of Atalanta, scored the goals.
Former PSV player Arias was seriously injured early in the game. According to Colombian media, the Bayer Leverkusen defender has broken his ankle. Arias was treated for minutes and left the field crying.
Argentina and Uruguay are the other two countries with three points after one game. The first four countries in the group of ten qualify for the World Cup in Qatar. The number five of the qualifying series will play the play-offs for a ticket to the tournament in the winter of 2022.
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