Football: Brazil, Uruguay Romp As Chile Crash Again
Muhammad Rameez 3 years ago Fri 07th October 2016 | 11:40 AM
MONTEVIDEO, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 07th Oct, 2016 ) - Brazil and Uruguay scored easy victories to maintain their lead at the top of South America's 2018 World Cup qualifying tournament on Thursday asChile lost ground after crashing to defeat in Ecuador.
A virtuoso performance from Barcelona superstar Neymar lay at the heart of Brazil's 5-0 mauling of Bolivia in Natal, with the striker launching the rout with his 49th international goal. Neymar set up two more as Brazil produced their most stylish performance of recent memory to rattle in further goals from Gabriel Jesus, Filipe Luis and Liverpool duo Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino.
"I did not expect this," Tite said.
"The team is working very hard for each other. We are trying to play the players in the positions that they play for their clubs. I believe that is helping." The win left Brazil sitting comfortably in second place in the 10-team round-robin tournament, one point behind leaders Uruguay, who swatted aside winless Venezuela 3-0 in Montevideo.
Uruguay have 19 points from nine games, with Brazil on 18 points. Ecuador stand in third place with 16 points following their 3-0 drubbing of Copa America champions Chile in Quito. World Cup quarter-finalists Colombia are in fourth spot, also on 16 points, after they snatched a dramatic 1-0 win over Paraguay thanks to a 90th minute strike from Edwin Cardona in Asuncion.