Brazil VS Paraguay Final – LIVE Football Reddit Score 2 Feb 2022
Already-qualified Brazil will aim to make it 15 games unbeaten in World Cup 2022 Qualifying when Paraguay pay a visit to Belo Horizonte on Tuesday. The Selecao were held to a 1-1 draw by Ecuador last time out, while their upcoming visitors fell to a 1-0 defeat to a rejuvenated Uruguay. Twice Alisson Becker was sent for an early bath in Brazil’s battle with third-placed Ecuador, and twice VAR saved the Liverpool number one’s bacon, but Emerson Royal would be made to take the walk of shame as Brazil were forced to settle for a point on the day.
Casemiro put Brazil one goal to the good after six minutes before Emerson was sent off for two bookable offences – his first one coming in the opening minute – and Ecuador’s own 10 men restored parity through Felix Torres in an incident-packed encounter. Tite’s side will undoubtedly be disappointed not to have prevailed in such a fiery battle, but with the five-time World Cup winners still top of the section and already looking at plane journeys to Qatar, it hardly mattered in the grand scheme of things.
Brazil’s prime goal now is simply to hold off the threat of Argentina for top spot in CONMEBOL Qualifying, and they currently boast a four-point lead over the Copa America winners, scoring a group-high 28 goals and conceding a mere five in the process. The Selecao also boast a perfect record of six wins from six at home in Qualifying so far and have shipped just one of their five conceded goals on familiar turf – all of which does not point to an unexpected Paraguay success story.
As well as the suspended Emerson, Real Madrid’s Eder Militao will not be available for this game either due to an accumulation of bookings, allowing the centre-back to make an early return to the Bernabeu. A 121st cap therefore awaits Dani Alves as he prepares to deputise at right-back for Emerson, and if Thiago Silva is deemed in need of a rest, Arsenal’s Gabriel Magalhaes could earn his debut alongside Marquinhos.
Matheus Cunha earned a rare start in the final third against Ecuador but will likely cede his place to Gabriel Barbosa or Gabriel Jesus here, while Philippe Coutinho should be fine to go again despite an early substitution last time out. As for Paraguay, Gustavo Gomez was sent off with seconds remaining in the defeat to Uruguay and will serve a suspension here alongside Matias Rojas – banned for an accumulation of bookings.
Gomez represents Paraguay’s captain, record appearance maker and top goalscorer in the current squad with four goals, so his absence will certainly be felt as David Martinez and Mathias Villasanti prepare to deputise for him and Rojas. Schelotto does not exactly have much to work with in the final third as he seeks to end his side’s miserable goal drought, but Braian Samudio represents a possible alteration out wide.
Facing a Uruguay side on a five-game winless streak and a dismal four-game losing run in World Cup Qualifying could have worked in Paraguay’s favour on another day, but a fresh face in the dugout benefitted the visitors to the Estadio General Pablo Rojas last week. During his first game on the touchline for Uruguay, Diego Alonso witnessed Luis Suarez hit a 50th-minute winner against Paraguay, whose already-slim hopes of Qualifying have now taken another hit as they prepare to be put out of their misery.
Only Venezuela (10) have taken fewer points than Paraguay (13) in World Cup Qualifying so far, with Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s side six points adrift of Uruguay in fifth and seven off the automatic top four spots, so their fate will be sealed if results do not go their way on matchday 16. La Albirroja enjoyed a consistent period of finals qualification between 1998 and 2010 but have struggled to compete with the big boys since, now winless in six in 2022 Qualifying and failing to find the back of the net even once in that time.
A paltry tally of nine strikes represents the worst attacking record out of the 10 South American nations in the section, and Brazil eased to a 2-0 win on Paraguay’s turf during their most recent battle in June.
Three of the previous five head-to-head duels between Brazil and Paraguay have gone under 2.5 total goals and we expect to see the same thing happen in their upcoming match. Furthermore, Brazil averaged 2.36 goals per game so far in the Qualifiers, while Paraguay averaged 1.87 goals per game, which is the worst average in the group.
With Brazil already having secured their place in the World Cup, we don’t expect them to play some of their more important players in this game. So, we can see Gabriel Barbosa getting a chance over Jesus. If that happens, we are confident that Barbosa can score a goal in this game. After all, he already scored twice for Brazil in these Qualifiers, despite playing rarely and inconsistently.
The Brazilian national selection already secured a place at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and they can play out the rest of the matches in the group without any stress. In the last six games, the team has three wins and three draws, so they are still in good form and they will likely try to remain unbeaten in the Qualifiers until the end.
After 15 rounds in WC Qualifiers, Paraguay is one of a few teams still looking for their place in Qatar. However, their loss in the last round to Uruguay likely puts them out of any realistic chance to get to one of the first five spots in the standings since they are currently in the ninth place and six points ahead of Uruguay in the fifth place. When it comes to team news, Paraguay will be without Kaku, Omar Alderete, and Andres Cubas due to injuries. Otherwise, the rest of the team should be ready for this game against Brazil.