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But things took a serious turn recently for the Chelsea attacking midfielder when he was caught up with promoting his political views using his club as a platform. Just when Chelsea was picking up the pieces and recovering following the Mark Clattenburg and John Terry racism debacle, another issue surfaced regarding Eden Hazard and the boycotting petition against Israel. The Belgium winger is slated to have signed the petition, along with 62 other fellow football players Lucas Hernandez France Jersey
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, immediately after their offensive military actions against Gaza, Israel is exhibiting and propagating anti-sportsmanship values. It was not Hazard’s singular signature that caused the outburst that ensued. It was the eighty one other signatures that were signed believing in Hazard’s involvement with the issues that caused the authorities at the Football Association to chastise the Belgian football player. The association expressed that it was completely unethical for Hazard to pollute the Chelsea mind-scape with such sensitive political ideologies and that he should do the needful and apologize to the offended parties. However, another unseen twist in the story took place Laurent Koscielny France Jersey
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SANTIAGO, June 21 (Xinhua) -- Thiago Silva and Roberto Firmino scored either side of halftime as Brazil defeated a fast-finishing Venezuela 2-1 to secure top spot in the Copa America's Group C on Sunday.
Brazil looked to be cruising to victory at Estadio Monumental before late Venezuela substitute Miku scored with four minutes remaining.
The Rayo Vallecano striker then had a golden chance to equalize in injury time but failed to make contact with a tantalizing Josef Martinez cross that floated inches over his head.
The result ended Venezuela's tournament and allowed Colombia to advance as one of the competition's two best third-place finishers.
The other teams eliminated were Jamaica, Mexico and Ecuador.
Brazil will now prepare to meet Paraguay next Saturday while Colombia face Group B winners Argentina on Friday.
The other quarterfinals will be played between hosts Chile and Uruguay on Wednesday and Bolivia and Peru on Thursday.
Both Venezuela and Brazil showed their scoring intent early as the game began at a hectic pace.
Gabriel Cichero headed over the bar for Venezuela and Philippe Coutinho saw a shot deflected behind off Luis Seijas.
Brazil opened the scoring in the ninth minute when Silva's sweet first-time volley from a Robinho corner cannoned into the top of Alain Baroja's net.
Then it was Robinho's turn to threaten but his half volley from a Dani Alves pass flew over the top.
Brazil continued to press and Baroja stonewalled a fizzing Filipe Luis drive before turning a shot from Willian behind the post.
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, denying Thiago Silva with a low save after Willian's corner.
But the Venezuela stopper was powerless to prevent the Selecao doubling their lead two minutes later.
Alves's diagonal ball found Luis, who rolled a perfectly weighted pass to his Chelsea teammate Willian. The former Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder careered to the byline and delivered a sumptuous cross to Firmino, who tapped in from point-blank range with Baroja flat-footed.
Venezuela didn't relent and Juan Arango twice drew Jefferson into diving saves from set pieces.
Second-half substitute Cesar Gonzales also had two clear chances; first seeing his goal-ward shot blocked by Miranda and then blazing over the bar.
David Luiz was introduced in the 67th minute and his impact was almost immediate. The Paris Saint-Germain man centre-back latched onto a cross with a spectacular bicycle kick that Baroja managed to keep out.
Venezuela ensured a tense finale when Miku pegged a goal back following another Arango free-kick.
The Venezuela captain's dipping shot was parried clear by Jefferson before a diving Miku headed in the rebound.
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The 29-year-old was somehow unable to connect with Martinez's head-high cross, which seemed to drift by the far post in slow motion.
Earlier, Peru and Colombia both failed to inspire in a dour stalemate at Estadio German Becker in Temuco.
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