Chelsea's Willian reveals Brazil aiming to win 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 31, 2017,
Mar 31, 2017, 7:19
Brazil have become the first team to qualify for next year's World Cup after the five-times champions beat Paraguay 3-0 for their eighth successive win in the South American qualifying competition.
But win or lose, Brazil is heading for the World Cup in Russian Federation with five rounds of qualifying remaining.
Neymar capped an eventful evening with a goal in the second half before Marcelo added a late third.
Brazil went nine points clear in the South American qualifying group after a blistering run of form since Tite took over from Dunga.
Considering, Brazil were struggling in their qualifying campaign just a year ago, the transformation under Tite has been mighty impressive. The achievement in Sao Paulo might just be about getting the team to the World Cup - the minimum requirement as far as Brazil is concerned - with winning the title the ultimate goal.
The Argentina started losing condition at altitude and Bolivia capitalized via striker Marcelo Moreno, who fired home from close range after a cross from Flores to make it 2-0 in the 52nd. In the 4-1 thrashing of Uruguay last Thursday, he gave the world a moment of revelation.
Paraguay, meanwhile, find themselves five points off the top four with only four games remaining after being outclassed in Sao Paolo. As per the prediction, today's match may end with the result of the Brazil may score with 2 goals against a goal by Paraguay's 1. And despite having multiple teammates around him, he cut in and took a quick shot which took a deflection from a backtracking defender to seal the result in Brazil's favour in the 64th minute.
Argentina had been rocked just hours before kick-off after confirmation Messi had been hit with a four-match ban following a ruling from disciplinary chiefs at Federation Internationale de Football Association.
Argentina has 22 points from six wins and four draws, putting coach Edgardo Bauza under intense pressure to step aside. According to the players, that triumph gave Brazil some confidence back.
Tite's team secured a World Cup berth via a 3-0 win at Ecuador, followed by a 2-1 home victory over Colombia.
With the result, Brazil have 33 points from 14 matches and are virtually assured of a place in the showpiece 2018 FIFA World Cup to be held in Russian Federation, since second-ranked Uruguay are someway back with 24 points.