Alisson celebrates Brazil’s qualification to Qatar and his 50th game with the national team

SAO PAULO, Nov 12 (Reuters) – Becoming the first South American team to qualify for the Qatar World Cup will give Brazil time to prepare, but will not change the way they approach games between now and November 2022, the goalkeeper said on Friday Alisson.

The Liverpool goalkeeper added his 50th game in Brazil’s 1-0 win over Colombia in Sao Paulo, a match in which he maintained his unbeaten record in the qualifying rounds.

“It’s very rewarding, the first goal we had (was to qualify),” Alisson said. “We had a great campaign and we qualified early, and for me it was very special to do so in my 50th game.”

“What changes is that we are classified, but each game will be the same, in the spirit of the World Cup.”

“This is just a stage,” he added. “The sooner you qualify, the better, that allows the coach to prepare better, to give everyone a chance. But we are not going to change what we do. The next game is always the most important.”

The next game has a special meaning because it is a South American classic against Argentina, the team that beat Brazil in Rio in July to win the Copa América.

“Facing Argentina is always important and special,” said the Liverpool goalkeeper.

“And it’s true, they won the last Copa América,” he said. “Although I think we deserved it, in football there is only one winner. This is our chance to show what we can do.”

Brazil will not be able to count on its captain Casemiro for Tuesday’s game in San Juan, because the Real Madrid defender was one of seven players booked in a game in which there were 44 fouls. (Report by Andrew Downie Edited in Spanish by Javier López de Lérida)

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