Brazil returns to winning ways with a big win over Uruguay
Argentina overtakes Peru and maintains its unbeaten record in World Cup qualifiers
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The Brazilian players, the victory over Uruguay, and the joy of qualifying for the World Cup (AP)
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Rafinha produced another impressive performance and scored two goals to lead Brazil to a 4-1 victory over Uruguay in the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in South America last night. Brazil snatched the lead after ten minutes when Neymar received a pass from Fred with his chest and dribbled the goalkeeper, then hit the ball between two defenders who were on the goal line. Rafinha made the score 2 – zero in the 18th minute when he followed a counter-shot from the goalkeeper, then added the third goal from a counterattack in the second half.
Luis Suarez reduced the difference in the 77th minute, but six minutes later Gabriel Barbosa restored Brazil’s lead by three goals. “I am fulfilling my childhood dream,” Rafinha said. It gives me great pleasure to score goals (with Brazil). It will be hard to forget tonight.” Neymar and Rafinha could have scored more goals, but goalkeeper Fernando Muslera saved two chances at the start of the second half. Muslera summed up the performance of Uruguay, who have won only twice in their last nine qualifying matches, as his country’s best player. The Brazilian national team will play its next qualifying match on the tenth of November, when it will host its Colombian counterpart, and Uruguay will host its Argentine counterpart on the same day.
Brazil leads the qualifiers, six points ahead of Argentina, who beat Peru 1-0. Peru missed a penalty kick in the second half to lose 1-0 to hosts Argentina. Lautaro Martinez scored in the first half, and Peru got the opportunity to adjust the result, as the referee awarded a penalty kick to substitute Jefferson Farfan in the 64th minute when he was trying to evade goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.
“Those who take penalties are great players and luck plays its part,” Martinez said. But Yoshiman Jotun knocked the ball over the bar, causing Peru to lose for the seventh time in 12 matches. And coach Lionel Scaloni’s team raised its score to 25 points, six points behind Brazil. The referee canceled a goal for Argentine Christian Romero for offside after ten minutes, then his teammate Angel Di Maria missed two chances. Argentina took the lead three minutes before the end of the first half with a header from Martinez. The referee canceled another Argentina goal, scored by Guido Rodriguez, two minutes before the end.
Bolivia won its second successive victory by beating Paraguay 4-0, to maintain its hopes of reaching the finals for the first time since 1994. Rodrigo Ramio, Moses Villarol, Victor Abrego and Roberto Fernandez scored Bolivia’s goals, which rose to 12 points, as Paraguay missed a penalty when they were late. 1 – zero. After the humiliating defeat against Bolivia in La Pazo, the Paraguayan Football Association announced that it had “terminated the duties of Argentine coach Eduardo Pereso at the helm of the Paraguay national team.” The Paraguayan Federation rushed to dismiss Beriso, a student of his compatriot, Leeds United coach Marcelo Bielsa, after the defeat against modest Bolivia, knowing that the coach’s fate was at stake after the humiliating defeat also against Chile 0-3 Sunday. Ecuador remained in third place with 17 after a 0-0 draw in Colombia, which is one point behind in fourth place. The referee canceled a goal for Colombia, which was scored by Yerry Mina in the last game of the match due to a handball.
Chile won 3-0 over Venezuela, to achieve its second victory in a row. Eric Polgar scored two goals in the first half after two passes from Alexis Sanchez, and Ben Brierton concluded Chile’s goals 17 minutes before the end, bringing their score to 13 points in sixth place. Venezuela, who have lost in nine of 12 qualifying matches, are seven points behind Peru, four points behind. The winners of the first four places qualify for the finals in Qatar directly, while the fifth ranked will enter the global qualifiers.