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            Brazil rally late to sink Venezuela in World Cup qualifier

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            Brazil produced a late flourish to keep their perfect 2022 World Cup qualifying record intact with a 3-1 victory away to Venezuela on Thursday.

            The hosts shocked the five-time World Cup winners by taking the lead through an Eric Ramirez header following Yeferson Soteldo's cross in the 11th minute.

            Brazil, who were without talismanic forward Neymar due to suspension, controled most of the possession but lacked intensity in the final third.

            Selecao boss Tite replaced the ineffective Everton Ribeiro with Leeds attacker Raphinha at half-time and introduced Real Madrid winger Vinicius Junior for Lucas Paqueta shortly after.

            The changes made an immediate impact as Brazil began to attack with more urgency.

            Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos netted the equalizer in the 71st minute by meeting a Raphinha corner with a towering header into the bottom right corner.

            The visitors then took the lead when Gabriel Barbosa converted from the penalty spot after he was tripped by Oscar Gonzalez.

            Ajax forward Antony Santos put the result beyond doubt with an easy tap-in after Raphinha's cut-back from the right byline.

            Brazil now have nine wins from as many qualifiers and lead the 10-team South American zone standings with an eight-point advantage over second-placed Argentina.

            Venezuela, who have never beaten Brazil in a competitive fixture, are last in the group with four points from 10 games.

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