Bello stunner helps Venezuela hold Brazil, Argentina beat Paraguay

Bello stunner helps Venezuela hold Brazil, Argentina beat Paraguay

Venezuela held Brazil to a 1-1 draw in their 2026 World Cup qualifier, thanks to Eduard Bello’s stunning overhead kick. Meanwhile, Argentina secured a 1-0 victory over Paraguay, propelling them to the top of the CONMEBOL standings with a perfect record.

In the first half of the match in Cuiaba, there were no goals. However, defender Gabriel Magalhaes broke the deadlock in the 50th minute, scoring his first international goal with a powerful header from Neymar’s corner.

Despite Brazil’s chances to extend their lead, including Vinicius Jr.’s disallowed goal for offside in the 71st minute, they were unable to capitalize. In the 85th minute, Eduard Bello leapt into the air and converted Jefferson Savarino’s cross, equalizing for Venezuela.

As a result of the draw, Brazil falls to second place in the standings, while Argentina claims the top spot after their narrow victory over Paraguay. Nicolas Otamendi’s early stunner from a corner secured the win for the hosts in Buenos Aires.

Lionel Messi, who had been sidelined due to a muscle problem, made an appearance in the 53rd minute for Argentina. He came close to adding to their tally, hitting the woodwork with a free-kick in added time. Argentina’s next match is against Peru in Lima on Oct. 17.

In another match, Uruguay managed to secure a 2-2 draw against Colombia in Barranquilla with a late penalty from Darwin Nunez. After going behind to James Rodriguez’s goal in the 35th minute, Uruguay equalized through Mathias Olivera shortly after halftime. However, Colombia regained the lead with a Mateus Uribe strike. The home side’s hopes of victory were dashed when goalkeeper Camilo Vargas was sent off in the 87th minute, conceding a penalty. Alvaro Montero replaced Vargas but couldn’t stop Nunez’s spot kick.

Colombia and Uruguay currently occupy the third and fourth positions in the standings, respectively. Chile sits in fifth place after their 2-0 win over Peru.

In other news, Angelica Medina in Mexico City and Aadi Nair in Bengaluru contributed to this report. The article was edited by Christian Radnedge and Peter Rutherford, adhering to the Thomson RushHourDaily Trust Principles.

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