Brazil become first team to qualify for 2018 FIFA World Cup
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 30, 2017,
Mar 30, 2017, 22:45
The Selecao became the first team, other than the hosts, to secure passage to the tournament in Russian Federation next year, thanks to a 3-0 win over Paraguay and Uruguay's 2-1 loss to Peru.
Brazil are back in action on the road to Russian Federation 2018, playing host to Paraguay in Sao Paulo on Tuesday.
In the high profile and well-contested South American qualification for the World Cup, Brazil sit pretty at the top with 33 points from 14 games with 10 wins, 3 draws and a loss.
Thirty more teams will join Brazil, and hosts Russian Federation, at next summer's World Cup.
With the result, Brazil moves even closer to clinching a spot at the next World Cup and is a complete lock to make it.
According to reports from BBC Sport, Brazil has sealed its place to compete in Russian Federation for the World Cup finals next year.
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.
However, much of the focus was on Barcelona playmaker Messi, who was banned for four worldwide matches for abusing an assistant referee during last Thursday's win over Chile.
Brazil have won all 3 home World Cup qualifiers against Paraguay this century though.
A 3-0 win at Ecuador was followed by a 2-1 home victory over Colombia made Brazilians sure they were on the right path. "I admire both. One is on my side every day, is the best I've played with", the Brazilian said, adding Messi had been key for his improvement.
The top four South American nations will feature at Russian Federation 2018, with the fifth to play-off against an Oceania opponent.
But Neymar also accepted he had to change to get to the current level of play.
In the 85th, Neymar and Coutinho exchanged passes, found Paulinho at the edge of the box and the midfielder used his heel to find Marcelo in front of the goalkeeper.
Under manager Tite, Brazil have won eight straight games and nine straight overall. As you saw in the stadium, there was a lot of positive energy.
Paraguay have the 2nd worst goalscoring record in South American World Cup qualifying, averaging just 1 goal per game. "Everyone is working hard in each training, giving our lives". Before he scored Brazil's third goal, Neymar could have gone down in a challenge with defender Sebastian Coates, who had already been booked.
"We are just getting started", Paulinho said. "Adversaries better watch out because Brazil is coming with it all".