VAR denies Brazil as Venezuela battle to draw

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For the second straight time in the Copa America at home, Brazil was jeered by its fans.

The hosts followed a lacklustre win over Bolivia with a scoreless draw against Venezuela in the Copa America on Tuesday, prompting another wave of boos from the home crowd.

Brazil played better than it did in the opener against Bolivia, but it was not able to break through the stout Venezuelan defence at the Arena Fonte Nova.

“It’s frustrating,” Filipe Luis said. “We did everything we could to try to win this match. We had many scoring chances, we controlled the game, but we couldn’t come away with the victory.”

Roberto Firmino, Gabriel Jesus and Philippe Coutinho all found the net in the Group A clash, only to see their efforts ruled out.

Tite’s side struggled to create a clear opening for most of the first half, but thought they had made a breakthrough in the 38th minute when Firmino collected Dani Alves’ cross before putting the ball in the net on the swivel.

However, the celebrations were short-lived as the referee ruled that that the Liverpool striker had committed a foul in the process.

The hosts thought they had taken the lead again on the hour mark when substitute Gabriel Jesus put the ball past Venezuela goalkeeper Wuilker Farinez, only for the video assistant referee (VAR) to rule that Firmino was offside in the build-up.

VAR intervened once again when Coutinho, who scored a brace in the 3-0 win over Bolivia, looked to have a finally found a winner with just minutes remaining in the game.

Brazil will enter their final group match, against second-placed Peru, top of Group A with four points and knowing that they will need just a point to secure passage.

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