It was a night to remember as Zamba boys of Brazil outclassed their arch-rivals Argentina in the Latin America super-clasico to tighten their grip on South America’s 2018 World Cup qualification campaign with a 3-0 win Thursday night.
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Barcelona superstar, Lionel Messi was outshone by club-mate Neymar as he bagged his 50th international goal for Brazil in Belo Horizonte, venue of their 7-1 humiliation by Germany in the semi-finals of the 2014 World Cup.
Neymar’s landmark strike came in-between a spectacular effort from on-form Liverpool playmaker, Philippe Coutinho and a second-half strike from former Spurs man Paulinho.
The Selecao have now notched up a remarkable fifth consecutive qualifying victory under the reign of new coach Tite, leaving them with 24 points from 11 games, while Argentina, who have taken just two points from their past four qualifiers, are languishing outside the qualifying places in sixth with 16 points ahead of Colombia’s visit on Tuesday.
Uruguay remain hot in Brazil’s chase with a 2-1 defeat of Ecuador at Montevideo’s Estadio Centenario.
Goals from former Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates and Diego Rolan were enough to secure victory for the Uruguayans despite a delightful goal from Espanyol striker Felipe Caicedo to draw the Ecuadorians level going into the break.
Elsewhere, Copa America Centenario champions Chile secured a hard-earned point in a 0-0 draw against Colombia in Barranquilla, while Paraguay suffered a 4-1 mauling against Peru in Asuncion to derail their qualification campaign.
Josef Martinez scored a hat-trick as Venezuela recorded their first win of the qualifiers with a 5-0 thrashing of Bolivia.