Brazil 1st to qualify for World Cup, Argentina in danger

The Samba Boys will become the first nation aside from the hosts to confirm their spot for next year's World Cup if they win their ninth game in a row.

One of the interesting facts is that Brazilian domestic league gave up 22 players for the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers, while only Bolivia in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers gave up more than Brazilian league - 25 players. Brazil will face Paraguay in a 2018 World Cup qualifying soccer match on March 28. This time it's under rising pressure just to qualify.

Brazil have been a juggernaut in South American World Cup qualifying so far and they look to continue their domination with a win at home against Paraguay.

Paraguay are seventh, with 18 points, and need to win at the Corinthians Arena to keep their qualifying hopes alive. Uruguay and Chile are placed at the fourth and fifth position.

After the impressive thrashing of Uruguay 4-1 in Montevideo, Brazil is so close to the World Cup spot that many players are already looking for new challenges as Brazil chases it sixth World Cup title.

Chile, back-to-back winners of the Copa America in 2015 and 2016, are now outside the qualifying places following last week's defeat in Buenos Aires.

Left back Marcelo put the icing on the cake with another fine goal in the closing minutes for Brazil, who extended their South American qualifying record with the victory.

Brazil head coach Tite debuted against Ecuador where they recorded 3-0 victory and have collected seven consecutive victories in World Cup qualifications since his debut.

Since taking over from Dunga last September Tite has got Brazil believing in themselves again. The Selecao can seal their place in Russian Federation with a win over Paraguay, and if both Ecuador and Chile lose their respective games. While Argentina lost their game due to the absence of Messi.

  • Julie Sanders