Coutinho, Firmino and Jesus have goals disallowed by VAR as Brazil are booed off after 0-0 Copa America draw with Venezuela

19 Jun

Brazil’s players were booed by their fans again during the Copa America, as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Venezuela.

The hosts saw three goals disallowed by VAR, with Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Gabriel Jesus all being denied.

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Roberto Firmino thought he had scored for Brazil, but was denied by the Video Assistant Referee[/caption]

Tite’s side also bore the brunt of fan frustration at half-time of their Copa America opener against Bolivia where some could not understand why the manager was playing Casemiro and Fernandinho – two holding midfielders – against lesser opposition.

That didn’t matter, though, as they won 3-0 even without the finishing power of the injured Neymar.

In their second match, Coutinho, who scored twice against Bolivia, thought he had finally given them the upper hand in the final minutes of the game, but his close range effort was ruled out when VAR showed a handball by Firmino in the build-up.

The Liverpool forward had already found himself on the wrong end of a VAR decision, which saw an effort by Gabriel Jesus disallowed.

That came after Firmino had managed to find the net in the 38th minute, but the goal was wiped off the board after the referee ruled he had committed a foul in the process.

“VAR was correct. I have absolutely nothing to demand. We got justice,” Tite said. “They made the right call with both [VAR] goals.”

Brazil remain top of Group A with four points from two games and the leaders were in possession for more than two thirds of the match, with nearly 20 attempts on goal.

But they were repeatedly frustrated despite Tite bringing on Everton, Fernandinho and Jesus in the second half.

VAR denied Brazil on three occasions in their 0-0 draw with Venezuela
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Brazil fans showed their displeasure once again by booing the players off the pitch
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Who will win the 2019 Copa America? Super Computer predicts which team will lift the trophy in Brazil this year

14 Jun

The 2019 Copa America gets under way on Friday night as hosts Brazil take on Bolivia in Sao Paulo.

They will, though, be without superstar Neymar who suffered an injury in the build-up to the tournament.

Brazil star Neymar has been ruled out of Copa America 2019 through injury

Chile won the last two editions of the competition in 2015 and 2016, beating Argentina on penalties both times with each final ending 0-0 despite an array of attacking talent, including Lionel Messi, on the pitch.

Can Alexis Sanchez and his team-mates make it three in a row or will another team, perhaps even a wildcard, claim victory? has input the latest data into its trusty Super Computer and have had the results delivered.

You can see who qualify from each group below and the how the knockout stages will pan out.

Group Stages

Group A

  1. Brazil
  2. Venezuela
  3. Peru
  4. Bolivia
Can Venezuela pull off a shock in Group A?
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Group B

  1. Colombia
  2. Argentina
  3. Paraguay
  4. Qatar
Tottenham Hotspur defender Davinson Sanchez is likely to star for Colombia
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Group C

  1. Uruguay
  2. Chile
  3. Ecuador
  4. Japan
Chile celebrate winning the last Copa America
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*Ecuador and Paraguay qualify as the two best third-placed teams


Brazil 3-1 Ecuador

Venezuela 2-3 Argentina

Colombia 2-1 Chile

Uruguay 1-1 Paraguay – Uruguay win on penalties

Can Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani fire their nation to glory?
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Brazil 2-2 Argentina – Argentina win on penalties

Will Brazil be celebrating in their homeland?
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Colombia 2-1 Uruguay


Argentina 3-2 Colombia

Will Lionel Messi finally win an international tournament?
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