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Brazil Becomes First South American Team to Qualify for 2022 World Cup

With five qualifying matches and 12 months to go until the 2022 World Cup kicks off in Qatar, Brazil punched its ticket with a 1–0 win over Colombia on Thursday.

It took a late goal from Lyon midfielder Lucas Paquetá to hand the Brazilians the lead in the 72nd minute in a game in which they outshot their opponents 16–5. The victory puts Brazil at 34 points, 18 ahead of fifth-place Colombia with just five matches remaining.

Brazil has now stretched its lead atop the CONMEBOL table to nine points, continuing its remarkable undefeated qualifying run.