First-half objectives from Arthur and Richarlison helped Brazil to a 2-Zero win over Uruguay, who had Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani despatched off.
Argentina, with Lionel Messi pulling the strings, brushed apart a restricted Peru 2-Zero in Lima, with objectives from Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez and Nicholas Gonzalez in a recreation wherein they have been by no means troubled.
Ecuador, enjoying on their house turf in high-altitude Quito, hammered Colombia 6-1. Paraguay and Bolivia fought out a 2-2 draw whereas Venezuela — the one South American staff by no means to qualify for a World Cup finals — picked up their first factors in a 2-1 victory over Chile in Caracas.
Victory in Montevideo left Brazil on high of South America’s qualifying standings on 12 factors with 4 wins from 4 video games. Argentina are second on 10 factors after beating Peru, with shock staff Ecuador third on 9 factors.
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Uruguay are fifth on six factors, behind Paraguay on objective distinction after 4 matches.
The primary 4 groups in South America’s round-robin competitors qualify immediately for the World Cup finals in Qatar, whereas the fifth positioned nation faces a playoff towards the nation qualifying from Oceania.
5-time world champions Brazil have been lucky to be two objectives up at half time in Montevideo after Uruguay had hit the woodwork twice at both finish of the half.
The win additionally prolonged Brazil’s lengthy reign of dominance over the Celeste, who haven’t overwhelmed their fierce rivals since 2001.
Cavani’s sending off with 20 minutes to go capped a depressing night time for his facet, regardless of having the higher of issues for a lot of the primary half.
Chilean referee Roberto Tobar confirmed him a yellow card after his lunge caught Richarlison on the ankle. However after a VAR test, that modified to pink, leaving Cavani incredulous, and he left the pitch reluctantly.
Brazil nearly drew first blood after two minutes of a energetic opening, when Uruguay keeper Martin Campana parried a detailed vary shot from Gabriel Jesus after the Manchester Metropolis striker purchased a yard of area on the sting of the six-yard field.
Nearly instantly, Uruguay’s 21-year-old Benifica star, Darwin Nunez, turned Brazil full-back Danilo inside the world and rattled Ederson’s bar after a neat move from River Plate’s Nico De La Cruz.
Uruguay original one other gilt-edged probability when Nathan Nandez’s cross from the precise was headed over by Cavani.
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Brazil had a lot of the ball, however might discover no approach by a well-marshalled Uruguay midfield.
They lastly broke by nonetheless with their first actual probability in half an hour, and with a big slice of luck.
Feeding on a slick layoff from Gabriel Jesus, Arthur’s shot from exterior the world took a depraved deflection off the again of Uruguay defender Jose Gimenez, wrongfooting the luckless Campana, who might solely watch it bounce into the web.
Two minutes later, a slick by ball from the Juventus ahead put Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino in on objective however his left foot shot lacked the facility to beat Campana.
Brazil steadily bought on high on midfield because the half wore on, and struck a physique blow to Uruguay’s hopes of a revival when Everton striker Richarlison headed in an extended cross from Renan Lodi out on the left, to attain his eighth objective for Brazil.
It was a merciless blow simply earlier than half time, emphasised when Uruguay skipper Diego Godin powered a header towards the Brazil bar from a free kick by De La Cruz.
Displaying slickness on the ball, Brazil started to cruise within the second half, even with out the injured Neymar.
Uruguay missed the bodily presence of Luis Suarez, out with a optimistic Covid-19 take a look at, and Brazil middle halves Thiago Silva and Marquinhos had the higher of a typically tasty encounter with their former Paris Saint-Germain teammate Cavani.