Brazil, Chile play a draw at World Cup venue

Last Updated: Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 14:34

Belo Horizonte: Brazil were held to a 2-2 draw by Chile at the Mineirao World Cup stadium here on Wednesday.

The match was Brazil`s first to be played at one of the 12 stadiums rebuilt for the 2014 Football World Cup.

Marcos Gonzalez opened the scoring with a seventh-minute header before Rever equalised shortly after by nodding in a Neymar corner kick.

Neymar made it 2-1 early in the second half following an Alexandre Pato cross, but Eduardo Vargas scored the visitors` second - and the equaliser - with a long-range drive in the 63rd minute.

Chile were reduced to 10 men with a minute remaining when Braulio Leal was shown a straight red card for a crude two-footed lunge on Fernando.

The match comprised South American-based players only as the match was not played on an official FIFA date.

It was the last chance for Brazil`s fringe players to impress coach Luiz Felipe Scolari before he picks his squad for June`s Confederations Cup, considered a warm-up for the World Cup a year later.

After the match Pato said the team remained upbeat about the Confederations Cup despite the loss.

"It wasn`t the result we had hoped for but we still have time before the Confederations Cup," the former AC Milan forward said. "Now I have to concentrate on going back to Corinthians and working as hard as possible to be in the squad."

IANS



First Published: Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 14:34

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