Neymar scored one aim and created the opposite as Brazil maintained its perfect begin to World Cup qualifying with a 2-0 win over Paraguay on Tuesday.
Substitute Lucas Paqueta sealed the win deep into damage time in Asuncion as Brazil opened up a six level lead on the prime of South America’s single qualifying group after a sixth win out of six.
Paraguay’s first defeat noticed them drop out of the automated qualification locations.
Brazil bought off to a fast begin with lower than 4 minutes on the clock.
Gabriel Jesus, recalled to the beginning line-up, crossed from the correct and though Richarlison missed his tried volley, Neymar was unmarked on the again publish to bobble the ball previous goalkeeper Antony Silva.
Paraguay didn’t crumble, although, and center-back Omar Alderete compelled an unimaginable save out of goalkeeper Ederson with a blockbuster drive from 30 yards.
Miguel Almiron additionally discovered house in the field however his shot was deflected behind by Eder Militao.
In between, Silva was out rapidly to smother an opportunity for Richarlison.
The Everton ahead thought he’d prolonged the lead simply earlier than halftime with an excellent dipping volley, however he was denied by an offside flag.
Paraguay had a powerful begin to the second half as Ederson saved a Gustavo Gomez header however Marquinhos ought to have doubled the guests’ benefit when he in some way headed Neymar’s cross huge from 4 yards out.
Brazil had possibilities to kill the sport off on the counter however Neymar screwed an effort huge and Gomez did brilliantly to block Richarlison’s shot.
But in damage time, Neymar performed in Paqueta on the correct to ship a exact left-foot end simply contained in the far publish.
Argentina blows two-goal lead
Miguel Borja scored 4 minutes into stoppage time to rescue a 2-2 draw for Colombia in a World Cup qualifier towards Argentina in Barranquilla.
Argentina was off to a flying begin, helped by woeful dwelling defending, to transfer 2-0 up inside eight minutes by means of targets by Cristian Romero and Leandro Paredes.
But Colombia’s substitutes turned the sport round in the second half as Luis Nuriel netted from the spot after which Borja snatched some extent on the loss of life.
“We went out to press, we scored two goals but unfortunately we couldn’t hold on, I think we were tired,” stated Argentina ahead Lautaro Martinez.
Argentina stays unbeaten in second place whereas Colombia is simply exterior the automated qualification spots in fifth.
The guests will probably be kicking themselves, although, after a quick begin and having the higher possibilities all through.
Three minutes in, Romero rose highest to head dwelling a Rodrigo De Paul free-kick from huge on the correct that made all of it the way in which to the sting of the six yard field.
A couple of minutes later, Lionel Messi picked out Marcos Acuna and his rasping left-footed drive was deflected inches previous the nook of publish and crossbar.
Colombia failed to totally clear the ensuing nook and following some pinball in the field, Paredes was ready to run previous 4 gamers, discover house and shoot low into the nook throughout goalkeeper David Ospina.
Argentina was properly on prime and Ospina had to save a fierce drive from Martinez on 27 minutes, with Nicolas Gonzalez placing the rebound a whisker previous the publish.
Colombia lastly got here alive in first half stoppage time however Muriel’s shot was blocked by Nicolas Otamendi, whereas Duvan Zapata blazed over.
They have been again in it six minutes into the second interval, although, after Otamendi introduced down Mateus Uribe in the field and Muriel slotted in from the spot.
Argentina remained properly on prime, although, and Ospina tipped a shot from Messi onto the bar earlier than denying Martinez.
Muriel shot over earlier than the impressed Ospina saved Colombia in the tie with nice saves from Martinez and Messi once more.
Borja had the final phrase, although, rising on the again publish to head dwelling Juan Cuadrado’s cross.
Peru claims first win
Peru earned its first win of the qualification marketing campaign however remained backside of the group regardless of a shock 2-1 success at Ecuador.
Christian Cueva transformed a rapier counter assault on 62 minutes and Luis Advincula all however secured victory eight minutes from time, capturing by means of goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez’s legs.
Gonzalo Plata’s damage time strike was however a comfort for Ecuador, who nonetheless stay third.
In Caracas, Venezuela held Uruguay to a 0-0 draw to stay above Peru on aim distinction, whereas the guests clung on to a prime 4 computerized qualification spot.
Marcelo Moreno’s penalty eight minutes from time earned Bolivia a 1-1 draw in Santiago with dominant Chile, who took the lead by means of Erick Pulgar on 69 minutes.
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