World Cup Qualifiers: Brilliant Naymer Inspires Brazil As Suarez, Cavani Demolish Venezuela 

Barcelona star, Neymar Jnr. scored one goal and set up two more as Brazil whitewash Bolivia 5-0 in South America’s 2018 World Cup qualifying competition on Thursday.

Neymar, 24, scored his 49th international goal in his 73rd appearance to go one clear of Zico on Brazil’s all-time topscorer’s list.

It was also Naymer’s 300th career goal, and he was given a loud ovation at the Estadio das Dunas in Natal as he was substituted midway through the second-half in another brilliant Brazil display.

The victory, Tite’s third in three games as manager, takes the Selecao second in the 10-team qualification standing, and comfortably on course for one of four guaranteed slots at the 2018 finals in Russia.

Neymar fired Brazil into the lead in 10 minutes after working a wonderful one-two with Manchester City teenager Gabriel before tapping into an empty net, and Coutinho doubled the Brazilian lead on 25 minutes with a close-range finish.

Neymar then set up Brazil’s third with a surging run that drew four Bolivian defenders before he threaded a pass through to Felipe Luis who drilled home his shot from just inside the penalty area.

Gabriel Jesus put the seal on a mesmerising opening 45 minutes with Brazil’s fourth goal, lobbing Carlos Lampe in Bolivia goal after a delightful ball from Neymar.

Roberto Firmino added a fifth in the second-half as Brazil head to winless Venezuela on Tuesday.

In another encounter, Edinson Cavani continued his superb start to the new season with two goals as Uruguay maintained their lead at the top of South America’s 2018 World Cup qualification tournament on Thursday with a 3-0 win over Venezuela.

Cavani struck twice in the second half after Nicolas Lodeiro had headed Uruguay into the lead midway through the first half.

Uruguay’s win left them one point clear of second-placed Brazil, while Argentina slid to fifth after being held to a 2-2 draw at eighth-placed Peru.

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