Brazil beats Venezuela with its sights set on Tokyo 2020

Antony, twice; Douglas Luiz and Pedro who converted the goals of the 'canarinha'. Rodrygo played a discreet role.

The Brazilian Sub'23 team, with an outstanding performance by Antony, who scored two goals and overshadowed the star Rodrygo, of Real Madrid, thrashed on Thursday 4-1 to his counterpart from Venezuela, in Recife, in a friendly match of preparation for the South American Pre-Olympic Tournament of Colombia.

Anthony, twice; Douglas Luiz and Pedro who converted the goals of the Brazilian team at the Estadio dos Aflitos, of the Nautical club, while Cristian Cásseres Júnior discounted for the team 'vinotinto'.

Brazil, which last month in Sao Paulo beat Colombia (2-0) and Chile (3-1) and in June won the Tournament of Toulón, in France, stands firm to face in January the qualifier that will grant two South American places live for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics men's championship.

The party in the capital of the northeastern state of Pernambuco began with several minutes of delay due to lack of electric lighting at the time the hymns were sung. Rodrygo, the most besieged player of the 'Canarinha', and Pedro, one of the recent scorers of the Brazilian league and who was signed this season by Fiorentina of Italy, did not start as starters and saw as Antony, from Sao Paulo, Do not be intimidated and conquer with the goals the disputed ownership.

And those directed by André Jardine, encouraged by the limited public that gathered in the Nautical field, took the initiative from the beginning and opened the score at 23 minutes in a rebound well capitalized by Captain Douglas Luiz, English player Aston Villa from Birmingham.

The Venezuelan reaction came after 36 minutes in a bargain of Cássares, of the American New York Red Bull, which left goalkeeper Ivan without chances and led his team to rest with a partial draw of 1-1.

In the second half, both Jardine and Venezuelan coach Amleto Bonaccorso moved some chips. The homeowners quickly took advantage, in the fifty-minute minute, in a triangulation of Pedrinho, of the Corinthians; Paulinho, of the German Bayer Leverkusen, and Antony, who marked the first of his personal account.

When Venezuela barely reacted from the goal, three minutes later, came the second of Antony and the third of the 'verdeamarela' in another play by Paulinho. Stars Rodrygo and Pedro only jumped to the pitch at seventy minutes. In the 74th minute, Antony was again the protagonist so that Pedro, with four minutes in the field, decreed 4-1.

In this friendly cycle, the Brazilian coach could not count on figures from the category such as the attacker Vinicius Júnior, also from Real Madrid and who was not assigned by the team of the Spanish capital, and the side Renán Lodi, of Atlético de Madrid , convened by coach Tite for the senior team

Bonaccorso, on the other hand, has the same problems as Jardine and cannot have some players who were not given in by his teams, such as the creative Yéferson Soteldo, a figure of the Brazilian Santos; goalkeeper Wuilker Fariñez, of the Colombian Millonarios de Bogotá, and midfielder Samuel Sosa, of Alcorcón.

The main leader of the team led by coach Amleto Bonaccorso for the friendly against Brazil was the attacker Jan Hurtado, of the Argentine Boca Juniors of Buenos Aires and who could not demonstrate his full potential against the strong local defense. Among the headlines also appeared the defender Josua Mejías, of Atlético de Madrid.

The other friendly of this series of matches of the 'Canarinha' will be on Monday against Japan, the host of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games men's soccer tournament and where Brazil, in case of getting its classification in Colombia, will defend the medal of gold reached in Rio 2016. The match against the Japanese will be played at the Arena Pernambuco stadium, at 4 pm local time (19.00 GMT) .

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