A header from Rafael Santos Borré unblocked a tangled match this Thursday and gave Colombia a 1-0 victory over Venezuela on the first day of the South American qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup, played at the Metropolitan Stadium in Barranquilla.
The striker, recently signed by Werder Bremen of Germany, scored the score that allowed those led by Argentine Néstor Lorenzo to take the victory over the players of the Venezuelan National Team, led by Fernando Batista.
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From the beginning, the coffee team took control of the ball and tried to break the strong defense of Vinotinto, but found themselves with a line of four well stopped and with little creativity from players like Juan Guillermo Cuadrado.
In that context, Fernando Batista’s team appealed to the counterattack and had the first opportunity of the game with a cross from winger Jefferson Savarino that was headed by Yangel Herrera, a shot that passed close to Camilo Vargas’ goal in the 20th minute.
There were two controversial plays in the Venezuelan area, which the fans in the Barranquilla stadium demanded as a penalty, but the VAR analyzed the one in the 47th minute.
According to the judges, the Venezuelan’s contact with the ball came first than with the Colombian player, which is why they did not call the foul in the area.
“Legal. Ball,” says Judge Anderson Daronco. And the VAR authorizes the play to continue.
“Go ahead,” you hear.
However, Conmebol did not release the audios and analysis of the play in the 37th minute of the first half, when Jefferson Lerma was pushed by a Venezuelan in the area.
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There is a charge from Herrera on Lerma. Now, except for that, Colombia has not done any good to win it. He could even lose it due to the two that Venezuela generated.pic.twitter.com/UGTLHfAkq7
— Sebastian Perez (@SebastianPerezE) September 7, 2023
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