Copa America: Venezuela beats Bolivia 3-1

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A brace by Darwin Machis and a goal by Josef Martinez helped Venezuela beat Bolivia 3-1 and advance to the Copa America quarter-finals on Saturday.

Venezuela, who have never won the Copa America or qualified for a World Cup, finished Group A in second place to Brazil.

Peru finished third after being hammered by Brazil 5-0 and will have to wait for other results to know if it advances as one of the best third-placed teams.

Venezuela’s adversaries in the quarter-finals will be the second-place team in Group B, either Paraguay, Qatar or Argentina.

After two goalless draws with Peru and Brazil, Venezuela knew they had to bring their most attacking formation against Bolivia at Mineirao Stadium to advance.

The team also had to work without their two central defenders, Yordan Osorio and Mikel Villanueva, one affected by injury and the other by a fever. John Chancellor and Luis Mago stepped up.

Venezuela scored after only two minutes, when Machis headed a cross from Ronald Hernandez from the right. Only 4,640 people were at Mineirao Stadium to watch that moment.

 

 

Jibril .O