MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay: Brazil thrashed Uruguay to maneuver to the brink of the World Cup finals on Thursday as Lionel Messi obtained Argentina’s faltering qualification marketing campaign again on monitor with the one aim to sink Chile.
An outstanding hat-trick from China-based mostly midfielder Paulinho powered Brazil to a four-1 drubbing of the Uruguayans right here to go away the 5-time world champions all-however-sure of a spot at subsequent yr’s finals in Russia.
The Brazilians now lead the ten-workforce spherical-robin competitors by seven factors after their newest win.
The highest 4 groups within the standings qualify routinely and with solely 5 rounds remaining, it might take a freakish set of outcomes to disclaim Brazil.
Uruguay had taken the lead after solely 9 minutes when Brazil goalkeeper Alisson introduced down Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani for a penalty.
Cavani acquired to his ft and drilled the spot-kick past the Brazilian goalkeeper to place Uruguay 1-zero up.
However Paulinho produced a thunderbolt 10 minutes later, uncorking a screamer into the highest nook from 25 yards to degree at 1-1.
The midfielder then stabbed residence Philippe Coutinho’s shot within the 51st minute to make it 2-1.
Barcelona celebrity Neymar added a 3rd with a chic chip within the seventy fifth minute to successfully settle the competition.
Paulinho accomplished his hat-trick in damage time, delivering a low cross together with his chest to cap a high-quality show.
Uruguay, who have been lacking the suspended Luis Suarez, stay in second place within the standings.
“To return right here and win by any rating is a superb outcome,” Brazil coach Tite stated afterwards. “Enjoying on this stadium and beating Uruguay is troublesome for anybody.”
Uruguay skipper Diego Godin stated the ultimate scoreline was not an correct reflection of the sport.
“We educated nicely, we seemed robust,” the Atletico Madrid defender stated. “It’s a bitter end result. We had possibilities. This doesn’t mirror the sport.”
“However this can be a wake-up name.”
In Buenos Aires, Argentina had entered their conflict with Chile desperately needing to take all three factors to revive their marketing campaign.
And captain Messi duly delivered when it mattered as Argentina avenged final yr’s Copa America Centenario last defeat to the Chileans with a 1-zero win.
Messi stroked house his penalty on sixteen minutes after veteran Chile defender Jose Fuenzalida introduced down Angel Di Maria with a careless problem.
Final yr, Messi was left distraught after lacking his penalty within the shootout on the Copa America Centenario in New York.
However the diminutive maestro made no mistake on Thursday, drilling his spot-kick past former Barcelona teammate Claudio Bravo to safe very important three factors for the 2-time world champions.
Argentina completed the sport on the again foot as Chile swarmed ahead looking for an equaliser — a profitable rearguard motion that delighted coach Edgardo Bauza.
“It was nice that we gained towards a superb workforce, however for me the perfect factor was the best way we fought,” Bauza stated.
The win leaves Argentina in third place general within the 10-workforce qualifying competitors with 22 factors from thirteen video games.
However the defeat means two-time reigning South American champions Chile are nonetheless struggling to qualify for Russia.
The Chileans stay outdoors the automated qualification locations.
Colombia, the 2014 World Cup quarter-finalists, boosted their probabilities of qualification with a 1-zero win over Bolivia in Barranquilla.
Actual Madrid star James Rodriguez bundled within the rebound from his personal late penalty to say the factors.
Rodriguez rammed residence his end on the second try after Bolivia goalkeeper Carlos Lampe had saved the playmaker’s spotkick on eighty three minutes.
Till Rodriguez’s late winner, it seemed as if Bolivia had achieved sufficient to earn some extent, defending in depth and irritating the hosts at each flip.
However Bolivia’s luck ran out when Cristian Coimbra introduced down winger Juan Cuadrado with a careless problem to offer Rodriguez his probability for glory.
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