Brazil book World Cup berth, Argentina tumble
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 02, 2017,
Apr 02, 2017, 6:26
Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos was a starter as Brazil beat Paraguay 3-0 to become the first country to qualify for the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russian Federation.
And Tite's men - amid a nine-game winning streak - benefited from Peru's 2-1 win at home to struggling Uruguay as the five-time world champions are assured of at least a fourth-place finish, officially stamping their ticket to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.
Neymar shrugged off some rough tackling and a missed penalty to score a brilliant solo goal as he led Brazil to a 3-0 win over Paraguay which booked their place at the 2018 World Cup finals today.
They will have to do so without forward Lionel Messi who was suspended for four matches by Federation Internationale de Football Association. Second-placed Colombia have 24 points in total from 14 games.
The early part of the match was marked by a string of fouls on Neymar but the first big chance was a breakaway by Paraguay's Derlis Gonzalez, who hurried his shot and put the ball wide.
The most titled team - the Brazilian national team, in the current qualification for the World Cup in Russian Federation, has just brilliantly conducted the campaign.
Messi's suspension left Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza forced to make a hasty reshuffle to his starting line-up, bringing in Atletico Madrid's Angel Correa in attack while leaving Manchester City's Sergio Aguero on the bench.
Despite having won the tournament five times before, the Selecao's last World Cup ended in humiliation after Brazil - hosts of the 2014 edition - lost their semi-final 7-1 to Germany, who went on to win the competition.
Bolivia celebrate after scoring in their win over Argentina.
Chile moved up to fourth place with a 3-1 win over Venezuela in Santiago, Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez opening the scoring with a stunning early free-kick. Uruguay lost 2-1 to Peru in Chile. "It is the only way they will stop me". All three goals that took Brazil to the next World Cup showed either great skill or consistent teamwork and showed more evidence that it will be one of the favorites for the title.
"Everything changed", said winger Marcelo.
The opener was scored at 33 minutes when midfielder Philippe Coutinho ran to the right flank, counted on Paulinho's dummy pass to give him space so he could poach it from the edge of the box.
Barcelona next play on Sunday at home to Granada before they head to Sevilla for a tough away match.
Colombia, Uruguay and Chile occupy the remaining three guaranteed World Cup spots. "Adversaries better watch out because Brazil is coming with it all".