The havoc and nightmare for the Brazilian team continues in these South American Qualifiers. Fernando Diniz’s team is in fifth place in the standings with 7 points, and since the qualifiers for the 2002 World Cup in Korea and Japan we were so far behind in the standings (3rd).
In addition to Brazil’s complicated present, the negative streak of 6 goals conceded in 5 days is added. A surprising fact because it exceeded the amount that the green-yellow team received in the last Qualifiers, in which they finished first with 45 points.
Brazil’s crisis began on the third date of these Qualifiers, when they surprisingly tied 1-1 at home against Venezuela, a Vinotinto team that had never scored points against the five-time world champion.
Then on the next date they received a tough 2-0 defeat against Uruguay in Montevideo, a match that beyond the tragic result (after the Charrúas won for the first time in 22 years) saw the very serious injury of Neymar Jr, who suffered a torn cruciate ligament and meniscus in the left knee.
Finally this disaster continued against Colombia, which had never beaten them in the Qualifiers. A match that was initially going to turn out in favor of the ‘canarinha’ until in the first half Vinicius Jr was injured in the femoral muscle of his left leg, after a blow from Davinson Sánchez. After this came Luis Díaz’s double to continue Brazil’s bad streak in these qualifiers.
In the last three qualifying rounds, Diniz’s team only added one point out of a possible nine, and now they will have to host Argentina on the next day at the Maracaná stadium in Rio de Janeiro.