On Wednesday in Lima, Brazil preserved their unbeaten start to their 2026 World Cup qualifying campaign by eking out a 1-0 victory over Peru thanks to a late goal from Marquinhos. This allowed Brazil to keep their perfect record intact.
Brazil’s World Cup qualifying campaign got off to a winning start with a victory in Bellem on Saturday, and interim coach Fernando Diniz stuck with the same starting lineup that led Brazil to a thrashing of Bolivia at home by a score of 5-1.
Brazil didn’t score their first and only goal of the game until the 90th minute, despite having enough of opportunities to do so throughout the match. Very late in the match, defensive player Marquinhos sprang higher than anyone else and headed in a curling corner kick from Neymar to score the game-winning goal for the five-time defending World Champions.
Due to the fact that two of Brazil’s first-half goals were ruled to have been scored offside, the team may say that they were unlucky not to find a way through earlier.
In the seventeenth minute, Raphinha scored to put the five-time World Champions up, but the goal was disallowed by the video assistant referee (VAR) because Rodrygo was off-side during the build-up.
Richarlison, who has been receiving criticism for his recent scoring slump, put a header on goal just before the half-hour mark, but it was ruled that he was offside after a lengthy seven-minute examination by the referees. Richarlison scored on a header after a swift counterattack that began on the right flank and found Bruno Guimaraes unguarded near the box.
Guimaraes then sent in a curling cross that Richarlison finished off with a header. After a thorough investigation, it was determined that the number nine player for Brazil was offside, which caused the stadium to erupt in celebration as though Peru had scored a goal.
Richarlison, Danilo, Guimaraes, and Raphinha were replaced in Brazil’s lineup during the second half by Gabriel Jesus, Vanderson, Joelinton, and Gabriel Martinelli, respectively. Additionally, Brazil made a number of other substitutions throughout the second half.
Following the late assist, star player Neymar was substituted out for Raphael Veiga in the game’s closing minutes. Veiga entered the game in place of Neymar.