SI Staff
Wednesday March 30th, 2016

With Brazil facing a World Cup qualifying loss and pressure mounting on manager Dunga, Dani Alves provided a heroic strike. 

The Barcelona fullback scored a goal in the final moments of stoppage time, salvaging a 2-2 draw for Brazil at Paraguay. With Neymar and David Luiz out suspended, Brazil fell behind 2-0, but clawed back late. 

Veteran, 35-year-old forward Ricardo Oliveira sliced the deficit in half in the 79th minute, providing a lifeline. Dani Alves made good on it as time wound down. He took a pass from Willian, cut inside and curled a left-footed attempt by goalkeeper Justo Villar, stunning the home crowd in Asuncion and rescuing a point for the Selecao. 

Watch Dani Alves's goal below:

After the day's results, Brazil and Paraguay are both outside of CONMEBOL's World Cup places, with each on nine points through six matches. Uruguay tops the 10-team table with 13 points, besting Ecuador, which suffered its first loss of the campaign to Colombia on Tuesday, on goal differential. Argentina, which had Lionel Messi score his 50th career international goal, beat Bolivia to move into third with 11 points. 

Chile and Colombia both have 10. CONMEBOL has four automatic places in the 2018 World Cup in Russia, while the fifth-place finisher enters a playoff with Oceania's champion.

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