ASUNCION (Reuters) – An early aim from Neymar and a late second from Lucas Paqueta gave Brazil a 2-0 win towards Paraguay in a World Cup qualifier in Asuncion on Tuesday, giving them a sixth straight victory in South America’s preliminaries.
Brazil had not overwhelmed Paraguay away from dwelling since 1985 however that report regarded at risk as early because the third minute when Neymar managed a clumsy cross from Gabriel Jesus and side-footed dwelling from eight meters out.
The Paris St Germain striker got here into the match with 4 targets and three assists of their 5 qualifying video games up to now, the very best haul within the match, and the aim was his 66th in 105 video games for Brazil.
“It was a recreation the place we scored early within the first half and that basically settled us down and allowed us to play the ball about and Paraguay needed to chase the sport and we killed it proper on the finish,” stated defender Marquinhos.
Carrying their change blue strips, Brazil have been on high all through and will have added to their whole earlier than the fourth minute of harm time when Paqueta scored with a splendid left-foot shot into the underside nook.
Paraguay have been unbeaten in 5 video games within the South American qualifiers however hardly ever threatened the guests, and even once they did they discovered Ederson, a shock alternative to interchange Alisson Becker in aim, equal to their efforts, with one flying save from Omar Alderete proper out the highest drawer.
The clear sheet was Brazil’s fifth of their six video games and they’re off to their greatest begin to a World Cup qualifying marketing campaign since 1969, when additionally they gained their first six video games.
The consequence leaves them high of the South American qualifying group for Qatar 2022 with a most 18 factors. The highest 4 groups qualify routinely for Qatar and the fifth-place aspect go into an intercontinental play-off.
“We knew how exhausting it’s to come back right here,” Marquinhos stated. “We’re delighted to open up a spot with the second positioned workforce within the desk.”
Within the final of the day’s 5 video games, Chile drew 1-1 with Bolivia in Santiago.
The house aspect went 1-0 up due to a 69th minute aim from Erick Pulgar however Marcelo Martins scored from the penalty spot, his third aim in two video games, to equalise with eight minutes remaining.
The consequence leaves Chile seventh within the desk, one spot above Bolivia. Venezuela and Peru are joint backside.
(Reporting by Andrew Downie; Modifying by Peter Rutherford)