Dani Alves scores late equaliser for Brazil

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Dani Alves struck a stoppage time goal to earn Brazil a crucial point in South Amercian World Cup qualifying against Paraguay on Tuesday night. 

The Barcelona full-back produced a fine piece of skill and unleashed a fine left-footed strike into the bottom corner of the goal. 

Brazil left themselves with a mountain to climb after Paraguay led by two goals to nil - goals from Dario Lezcano and Edgar Benitez put them in control of proceedings - but they managed to produce a spirited fightback. 


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But Brazil's first goal didn't arrive until the 78th minute; Hulk's 25-yard strike was too much for Paraguay goalkeeper Justo Villar to handle, which allowed Ricardo Oliveira to slot the ball home. 

Oliveira's goal set up a nervy final 15 minutes or so for Paraguay, who eventually succumbed to Brazil's pressure. 

As you can see in the video below, Alves' crucial strike was full of quality: 

Following the game, the Brazil right-back hailed his teammates for their excellent fightback. 

"That is the spirit of the team," Alves told reporters, as per the Daily Mail. "As I told my team-mates, for us to win here we needed not just quality but also fight and attitude and we had that today."

Tough period 

But Brazil still have it all to do to qualify for Russia 2018. Dunga's side currently occupy sixth position in their qualifying group and must improve sooner rather than later. 

If they remain in sixth, they will be eliminated, which would prove a disaster for the country. There's a long way to go, of course - they have only played six games so far - and are just one point behind Chile and Colombia, who occupy fourth and fifth place respectively. 

Uruguay, who beat Peru 1-0 on home soil, currently sit at the top with 13 points, while Ecuador, despite losing to Colombia, sit in second position with the same amount of points. Argentina, meanwhile, occupy third position after securing a 2-0 win over Bolivia. 

The top four will automatically qualify for the World Cup, while the fifth-placed side will enter a playoff against the Oceania Zone winner.

It's clear for all to see that Brazil must improve in the immediate future, but they will most definitely be buoyed by Alves' late strike against Paraguay. There's every chance that his goal will prove a crucial one come the end of qualifying. 

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