Firmino leads Brazil to Cup qualifier win

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An uninspiring Brazil have secured their third win out of three qualifying matches for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, defeating Venezuela 1-0 in Sao Paulo on Friday.

In a slow encounter which saw two goals disallowed for Brazil - for an offside and a push - in the first half, the Selecao finally went ahead on 66 minutes thanks to an opportunistic strike by Roberto Firmino.

The five-time world champions got their 16th win over Venezuela out of 17 World Cup qualifying head-to-heads.

The Selecao, who were without star player Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain, have not dropped points yet in these qualifiers and sit on nine points. Venezuela have so far failed to get any points from three matches.

Earlier, Edison Cavani and Luis Suarez scored two of Uruguay's three goals to help La Celeste to their first-ever win in Barranquilla, Colombia.

Suarez converted a penalty to notch his 63th international goal and go outright fourth on South America's all-time leading marksmen chart, outranking Brazil's Ronaldo.

The 33-year-old is now only one goal shy of Neymar, with Argentina's Lionel Messi second on 71 and Pele topping the chart with 77.

The 3-0 win puts Uruguay on six points from three matches while Colombia find themselves in the bottom half of the ladder on three points.

In the day's other game Chile defeated Peru 2-0 thanks to a double by Inter Milan's Arturo Vidal, including a stunning strike which saw the midfielder find the top corner of the goal from a distance.