Brazil's national football team has defeated Venezuela 3-0 in a crucial World Cup qualifying match, ensuring itself a place in next year's championships. The Brazilian team, which has been playing badly all year, desperately needed Wednesday's victory.

In the end, the much-anticipated match turned out to be no contest, as thousands of Brazilian fans in the northern city of Sao Luis cheered on their team to victory.

From the start, the Brazilian players in their yellow and green shirts dominated the game taking shot after shot on the Venezuelan goal.

Brazilian forward Luizao scored the first two goals, followed by Rivaldo all three in the first half which gave Brazil a comfortable lead that it never lost.

Brazil desperately needed this victory. Had Brazil lost to Venezuela, it could have failed to secure a berth in next year's World Cup a humiliation for the four-time Cup winner that has qualified for every championship in the past. Brazil now joins Argentina, Paraguay, and Ecuador as the four South American teams to qualify for next year's World Cup games.