Brazil became the first country to qualify for
next year’s World Cup in Russia thanks to
some help from fellow South Americans Peru.
Neymar starred with his 52nd international
goal as high-flying Brazil overcame Paraguay
3-0 on Tuesday but the CONMEBOL leaders still
needed a favourable result in Peru.
And Tite’s men – amid a nine-game winning
streak since last year’s Copa America
Centenario – benefited from Peru’s 2-1 win at
home to struggling Uruguay as the five-time
world champions are assured of at least a
fourth-place finish, officially stamping their
ticket to Russia 2018.
Peru’s victory, while keeping their own
qualification hopes alive, left third-placed
Uruguay 10 points adrift.
With four rounds remaining, Brazil are 11
points clear of Argentina – who are fifth and
occupy the play-off spot and will face Uruguay
Brazil are back in qualifying action against
Ecuador in the same month.