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Rondon’s Venezuela beaten by Brazil

14 October 2015

Chester, Gamboa and Gnabry also in action

THERE was disappointment for Salomon Rondon on Tuesday night, as his Venezuela side suffered a 3-1 2018 World Cup qualifying defeat away to five-time world champions Brazil.

The Baggies’ record-signing completed 90 minutes in Fortaleza, but he was unable to prevent his nation slipping to back-to-back defeats over the October international break.

Chelsea forward Willian scored twice in the first-half to give the hosts a comfortable lead at the break, only for Christian Santos to pull one back shortly after the hour-mark.

However, just nine minutes Brazil made sure of the three points when Ricardo Oliveira restored Brazil’s two-goal advantage.

Another Albion man to complete 90 minutes of international football on Tuesday night was James Chester. 

The defender was part of the Wales side that beat Andorra 2-0 in Cardiff in EURO 2016 qualifying.

Second-half goals from Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale ensured Chris Coleman’s men finished their Group A campaign with a comfortable three points.

Cristian Gamboa was also in action – he completed 68 minutes for Costa Rica as they recorded a narrow 1-0 friendly win over USA in New Jersey.

Joel Campbell scored the game’s only goal in the 70th minute.

Meanwhile Serge Gnabry enjoyed a successful night in the Faroe Islands, scoring the final goal for Germany Under-21s as they cruised to a 6-0 win in EURO Under-21 qualifying.

The on-loan winger started the game on the bench before replacing Julian Brandt at the break.

Max Meyer (2), Maximilian Arnold, Niklas Sule and Leroy Sane all joined Gnabry on the score sheet. 

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