On Tuesday,, they will face Ecuador in a duel that has become more important.
Venezuela could not sustain a 3-1 lead and had to settle for a 3-3 draw against Bolivia in theirir pre-Olympic soccer debut, which starts this Saturday in Caracas.
The visit scored 90 + 6, thanks to a Gabriel Villamil bomb that left the renovated stadium of Brígido Iriarte, which served as the venue for the match, silent.
La Verde took the lead in the game at 32, with a great goal from José Briceño, which surprised everyone.
The goal, far from defeating Venezuela, causeded this reaction. Previously, midfielders could not connect with forwards; only Matías Lacava tried, but he could not find a partner.
Until he solved it himself. In 37 minutes,, he sent a cross shot, which was which was impossible for the Bolivian goalkeeper,, and it was 1-1 on the scoreboard.
La Vinotinto continued to look for more goals and got them soon, thanks to a great finish from Jovanny Bolívar in the 41st minute, after a clearance from David Martínez, who was intermittent.
The attacker received the ball in a large area and,, with a curling finish,, made everyone celebrate; even he cried for his first goal with the national team.
With the score 2-1, the locals continued to search, but Bolivia was better positioned on the field, and so they went to halftime.
In the second half, Venezuela sought to extend the score and gain greater peace of mind. He achieved it in the 60th through Renné Rivas, who joined the attack and found a good ball served to him by Telasco Segovia.
The defender did not hesitate and,, with a sharp shot,, made it 3-1. From there,, the revolutions brought down the vinotintos. Bolívar himself confessed this after the engagement was over,, and they paid a lot for it.
Bolivia slowly began to believe this and approached the area. The departure due to the the injury of defender Andrés Ferro caused the defense to lose control,, and the opposition knew how to exploit it.
Frankarlos Benítez took a penalty,, and he he himself made up for his mistake by stopping Lucas Chávez’s shot.
Chávez himself removed his thorn, as he scored a goal in the 84th minute. The situation became more complicated for Bolivia when Carlos Sejas was sent off in the 88th minutefor a harsh tackle on Lacava.
The story changed when the main player added ten minutes,, and it was an eternity for Venezuela, so at 90 + 6, Villamil made it 3-3in a game that seemed to come from another game, with a shot from outside. who caught Benítez early. .
The bitter draw for Venezuela, who had to look for a win on Tuesday against Ecuador, which in its debut beat Colombia 3-0,,. The goals came from Yaimar Medina twice and Chistopher Zambrano.
This Sunday,, group B will start the action in Valencia with matches between Argentina and Paraguayguay and Peru against Chile. The meetings will go to Misael Delgado.
Igualdad en el debut
— La Vinotinto (@SeleVinotinto) January 21, 2024