Brazil vs Chile – LIVE Reddit Soccer 24/03/2022
Brazil have enjoyed a dominant qualification campaign so far, winning 12 and drawing three of their 15 matches, and it was after just 12 fixtures when they officially qualified for the 2022 World Cup in November last year.
The Selecao are the only national team in world football to have qualified for every World Cup since the inaugural tournament back in 1930.
Tite will have been slightly disappointed when his side played out a 1-1 draw against Ecuador last month but they managed to bounce back with an emphatic 4-0 victory against Paraguay with Raphinha, Philippe Coutinho, Antony and Rodrygo all on the scoresheet, the latter scoring his first senior goal for the national team.
Brazil’s sole target will now be to prevent South American rivals Argentina from snatching top spot in CONMEBOL Qualifying, and victory in their next two qualifiers against Chile and Bolivia would guarantee their place at the summit.
The Selecao currently sit four points above La Albiceleste with both nations having either two or three fixtures remaining, as it still remains to be seen whether their previously postponed fixture against each other, following the COVID-19 fiasco in September last year, will be rearranged.
With Tite stepping down from his role as Brazil head coach after the showpiece tournament in Qatar, the 60-year-old will be hoping his side can end their qualification campaign on a high before they embark on their quest for a sixth World Cup crown at the end of this year.
Following a disappointing start to their qualification campaign, winning only one of their opening 10 games, Chile now require a strong finish to give themselves a chance of booking their place in Qatar.
Successive defeats against Ecuador and Argentina – two nations currently sitting above them in the top four – hampered their progress, but a crucial 3-2 victory away in Bolivia last month has kept their hopes alive.
A brace from star man Alexis Sanchez and a first international goal for Universidad Catolica midfielder Marcelino Nunez helped La Roja claim just their fifth victory in 16 qualification matches, and keeps them within three points of fourth-placed Uruguay, who they will face in their final qualifier at home on March 30.
Martin Lasarte’s men will firstly face a mammoth task against South American heavyweights Brazil, who they have beaten only once in their last 18 matches against them, including friendly internationals.
Chile were, however, the last team to defeat Brazil in CONMEBOL Qualifying, with late second-half goals from Sanchez and Eduardo Vargas securing a 2-0 triumph in Santiago back in October 2015.
La Roja missed out on qualification for the 2018 World Cup so they will be desperate to advance to this year’s tournament, but they will need to be on top of their game if they are to claim any points against Brazil and Uruguay this month.
Brazil come into this game on the back of a 4-0 win over Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s Paraguay in their most recent game. Goals from Leeds United winger Raphinha, Aston Villa midfielder Philippe Coutinho, Ajax winger Antony and Real Madrid attacker Rodrygo sealed the deal for Tite’s Brazil.
Chile, on the other hand, Cesar Farias’ Bolivia 3-2 in their most recent fixture. A brace from Inter Milan forward Alexis Sanchez and a goal from Universidad Catolica midfielder Marcelino Nunez secured the win for Martin Lasarte’s Chile. Always Ready defender Marc Enoumba and Cerro Porteno striker Marcelo Martins Moreno scored the consolation goals for Bolivia.
Chile do not lack experience. Real Betis goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, Bologna centre-back Gary Medel, the Inter Milan duo of Arturo Vidal and Alexis Sanchez, Flamengo right-back Mauricio Isla and Atletico Mineiro attacker Eduardo Vargas all boast more than 100 caps for the national team.
There is no denying that Neymar is Brazil’s superstar, but the 30-year old has come under heavy criticism for his performances for Paris Saint-Germain this season. However, midfielder Philippe Coutinho looks rejuvenated at Aston Villa, and could come in handy. Chile, on the other hand, boast an unlikely source of inspiration. Blackburn Rovers striker Ben Brereton Diaz has emerged as the country’s new star, and the 22-year old has already registered four goals for Chile.