Brazil 0 - 0 Venezuela - Match Report & Highlights

Brazil Venezuela PS

Brazil Venezuela PS

Tite's Brazil were denied by VAR twice in their frustrating 0-0 draw with Venezuela in the 2019 Copa America on Wednesday morning.

Brazil found the net three times, but all of their goals were disallowed - two upon the advice of the video assistant.

Brazil left the field to boos but remain top of Group A with four points from two games, and one game to play.

The point put Brazil level at the top of Group A alongside Peru, who beat Bolivia 3-1 in the earlier match.

Brazil coach Tite did not complain about any of the decisions in his post-match press conference as he said: 'VAR was correct. "They made the right call with both [VAR] goals".

After the game, Venezuela coach Rafael Dudamel sang the praises of the technology, which has saved his side on four occasions so far.

"Today is very important, but this result will mean nothing if we don't qualify from the group", Dudamel said. "Justice was made and you have to keep believing in those who do justice".

Firmino was kept quiet by Venezuela's defence with Yordan Osorio and Mikel Villanueva neutralising the Liverpool striker.

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Venezuela's tactics worked a treat initially, with Brazil enjoying 75 per cent possession in the opening 45 minutes but registering only one shot on target.

Venezuela's best Copa finish was a fourth place in 2011.

That came after Firmino had managed to find the net in the 38th minute - but the goal was chalked off after the referee ruled he had fouled in the process.

Brazil started the second half with intent to score, and rejigged their line-up as Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus replaced Richarlison during the interval. After taking a touch to steady himself, Jesus fired home past Wuilker Farinez.

Once again the striker advanced menacingly on the Venezuela penalty area and unleashed a fierce low shot.

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.

Jesus went close again in the 76th minute when Dani Alves whipped a cross into the six-yard box.

Philippe Coutinho looked to have finally found the victor when he netted from close range but VAR intervened again.

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