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Jesus strike chalked off in Brazil stalemate

FRUSTRATION: Gabriel Jesus in action for Brazil against Venezuela.

FRUSTRATION: Gabriel Jesus in action for Brazil against Venezuela.

Gabriel Jesus was one of three players to have a goal ruled out as Brazil were held to a 0-0 draw by Venezuela in their second Copa America fixture.

The Manchester City striker was introduced at half-time, with team-mate Fernandinho following 12 minutes later, but was denied a match-winner after a VAR decision.

Replacing Richarlison, Jesus added fresh impetus to a Brazilian attack which, despite dominating possession, spurned several chances in the first half.

A foul in the build-up to a Roberto Firmino goal had already prevented the hosts from opening their account and it was the Liverpool forward who strayed into an offside position which led to Jesus’ goal being chalked off.

Brazil's No.9 saw his initial 18-yard effort blocked – the rebound rolling into the path of the offside Firmino – who returned it for Jesus to slam home in vain from six-yards.

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Earlier the 22-year-old curled wide from the edge of the area as he looked to make an immediate impact from the bench.

Ederson was an unused substitute on the night and the City trio’s frustrations were compounded after VAR showed a foul in the build-up to Phillipe Coutinho’s late strike.

Despite the draw, Brazil remain top of Group A with four points from their opening two games and will head into their final fixture with Peru on Saturday 22 June confident they can secure automatic qualification to the quarter-finals.

Sergio Aguero and Nicolas Otamendi are the next City representatives in action in the Copa America, with Argentina set to play Paraguay at 1.30am (BST) on Thursday.

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