Brazil did not require the services of Neymar Jr to maintain their lead at the top of the WC qualifiers. The Selecao crushed Paraguay 4-0 on Tuesday, whose hopes and expectations for playing in Qatar were already under the soil.
Raphinha, Philippe Coutinho, Antony, and Rodrygo scored the goals for the Verdeamarela team, which was without Neymar due to injury, and took advantage of a game of mere formality at the Mineirao to try out other players.
How The Things Stand After Brazil Beat Paraguay
The Paraguayan team was shaken and sunk to the second last place in qualifying with only 13 points to their name.
Brazil is currently looking down on all of its continental neighbors with 39 points and its ticket to the 2022 Qatar World Cup has already been sealed.
South America has 4 spots, directly, in the World Cup and the 5th team will have to play an international playoff against an Asian team for the ultimate WC spot.
Earlier, Chile beat Bolivia 3-2 in the altitude of La Paz thanks to two goals by Alexis Sánchez and another by Marcelino Núñez. The result kept the Chileans in contention in sixth place with 19 points and nearly ended the chances of the hosts, who remain with 15 points. The Bolivian goals came from Marc Enoumba and Marcelo Martins.
“This was a reward to our efforts, but it doesn’t finish here,” Chile striker Sánchez said.
Chile’s final challenges will be at Brazil and home against Uruguay.
The Uruguayans gave new coach Diego Alonso his second consecutive win on the job, a 4-1 hammering of Venezuela. Rodrigo Betancur, Giorgian de Arrascaeta, Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez all scored for Uruguay. Venezuela’s only goal was from Josef Martinez.