Already classified for the final quadrangular of the Pre-Olympic Football Tournament, the Brazilian men’s team plays the last game of the group stage this Thursday (1st) against Venezuela, the home team. The Brazilians lead Group A, with nine points, and the Venezuelans, with five, need to win by any means possible to overtake second-place Ecuador (seven points) and win their dream place in the final phase of the competition. The game is scheduled for 8pm (Brasília time), at the Brígido Iriarte stadium, in the capital Caracas.
The Brazilian team, undefeated in the tournament, qualified last Monday (29), by beating Ecuador 2-1, with goals from Patrik Mercado and Gabriel Pirani.
For this Thursday’s game (1st), coach Ramon Menezes will have defender Arthur Chaves absent, suspended for receiving a second yellow card.
“You can be sure that we will field a very strong team [em campo]because when wearing the Brazilian team’s shirt, we have a huge responsibility to win games and always do our best”, guaranteed Ramon Menezes, coach of the national team in a statement to the CBF website.
In the other group, the classifieds were defined on Tuesday (30). Argentina defeated Chile 5-0 and consolidated its place at the top of Group B with seven points, the same total as Paraguay, in second place due to goal difference. The other teams (Uruguay, Chile and Peru), with three points each, no longer have a chance of advancing. The Argentines and Paraguayans compete in the final round of the group stage on Friday (2).
The decisive phase begins next Monday (5). Leader of Group A, Brazil will face the second placed team in Group B. In the next round, the team will face Ecuador or Venezuela (second in group A). The last duel is scheduled for February 11th, against the first placed team in Group B.
The teams classified in the Pre-Olympic final guarantee a place in the Paris Games, starting in July this year. Brazil is the current two-time Olympic champion ((Rio 2026 and Tokyo 2020) and Argentina also boasts two titles Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008).