Ajax player Antony brightens up debut in Brazilian team with goal | Football

The Ajax player won gold with the Olympic team at the Tokyo Games last summer. Upon returning to the Netherlands, Antony also started the new season strongly. He excelled in the Champions League in the won group match against Sporting Portugal (1-5). It earned him his first invitation to the ‘Seleção’, Brazil’s A-team.

Without the suspended Neymar, the team of national coach Tite in Caracas also won the ninth World Cup qualifier in Caracas after an early deficit. Raphinha, who came on the field immediately after the break, was involved in all the goals. The 24-year-old wing striker of Leeds United made his debut, just like Antony.

Marquinhos headed in the equalizer 20 minutes before time from a corner kick by Raphinha. After an action by the substitute, Brazil received a penalty in the final phase, which was used by Barbosa. “Assists are just as valuable as goals,” said Raphinha, after letting Antony score as well. “As a wing striker, of course I like to score goals, but I’m also happy if I can make sure my teammates score. That feels like a goal to me.”

Argentina got no further than 0-0 in Asunción against Paraguay. It was the first time in more than two years that the winner of the Copa América closed an international match without a goal. Ajax player Nicolás Tagliafico came in after almost an hour of play, his teammate Lisandro Martínez was not part of the selection. Captain Lionel Messi had few chances. Argentina is in second place in the South American qualifying group, but is already eight points behind Brazil after nine matches.

Feyenoord player Luis Sinisterra saw from the bench how Colombia drew 0-0 with Uruguay. Peru defeated Chile 2-0, thanks in part to a goal from Sergio Peña (ex-FC Emmen).


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