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Brazil become first South American country to qualify for 2022 World Cup

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Brazil have become the first South American nation to qualify for Qatar 2022.

They beat Colombia 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Sao Paulo on Thursday.

Lucas Paqueta netted the all-important goal 72 minutes into the match with a shot that goalkeeper David Ospina got a hand to but could not stop.

Brazil now lead the 10-team South American group with 34 points from 12 games, nine clear of second-placed Argentina.

The top four teams qualify automatically for Qatar 2022 and the fifth-placed side goes into an inter-regional playoff.

The win extended Brazil‘s home run in the qualifiers to 11 consecutive victories, a record in the South American region. The game also marked their 10th consecutive home qualifier without conceding a goal, another record.

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