Paraguay 2-2 Brazil: Seleçãos stage comeback in Asuncion

Paraguay's Dario Lezcano (3-L) celebrates with teammates after scoring against Brazil during the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup South American Qualifiers' football match in Asuncion, on March 29, 2016.  AFP PHOTO / NORBERTO DUARTE / AFP / NORBERTO DUARTE

Brazil came from two goals down to to secure a valid point at the Estadio Defensores del Chaco on Wednesday following a 2-2 draw with host Paraguay in a South America 2018 World Cup qualifying tie.

Dario  Lezcano benefited from an Edgar Benítez’s pass in the 40th minute to beat Allison and give Paraguay a first half lead before Benitez made it 2-0 just four minutes after the restart with Richard Ortiz claiming the assist.

With the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying group table compressing, it was vital that Dunga’s men stay on track with a win against Paraguay in Asuncion. A victory could have seen the Seleçãos climb to second, after playing six qualifying fixtures.

And nside the final 11 minutes, Brazil staged a stunning comeback with two goals from Ricardo Oliveira and Dani Alves to deny the home side the maximum points.

Oliveira struck on the 79th minute to reduce the deficit and hand Brazil a lifeline. Just when it looked as though the home side were all home and dry with a one goal cushion, Barcelona defender Alves who became the right-back with third most games in Brazil’s history, behind Djalma Santos and Cafú got on the score sheet on the stroke of 90th minute to level score and hand the Neymar-less Brazil a valid point.

The score draw means Brazil are now without a win in their last two games following last week’s 2-2 draw at home to Uruguay. The results mean Dunga’s men now sit sixth on the ten team log with nine points from six games, one place above their host on Wednesday courtesy of goals difference.

Luis Suarez’s Uruguay who defeated Peru 1-0 sit top of the table with 13 points.

Other results:

Colombia 3-1 Ecuador

Uruguay 1-0 Peru

Argentina 2 – 0 Bolivia

Venezuela 1 – 4 Chile

Paraguay 2 – 2 Brazil