Brazil wins but Argentina manages a draw in World Cup qualifiers

Neymar and Lucas Paquetá scored Brazil’s goals, marking the team’s first win at Paraguay in World Cup qualifiers in 35 years.

By   |  Published: 9th Jun 2021  8:30 pm
Brazil's Neymar, left, shoots a free kick during a qualifying soccer match for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 against Paraguay at Defensores del Chaco stadium in Asuncion, Paraguay.

Sao Paulo: Brazil moved further ahead in South American World Cup qualifying with a 2-0 win at Paraguay, their sixth in six matches on the road to Qatar.

The Brazilians are now six points clear of second place Argentina, which drew 2-2 at Colombia after squandering a two-goal advantage.

Neymar and Lucas Paquetá scored Brazil’s goals, marking the team’s first win at Paraguay in World Cup qualifiers in 35 years.

Earlier, Miguel Borja scored an equaliser for Colombia in the last seconds of added time against Argentina in one of the best matches yet in South American qualifying.

The game at the Metropolitano stadium in Barranquilla was attended by 10,000 fans despite the region’s alarming Covid-19 figures.

The top four teams in South American qualifiers will advance automatically to Qatar 2022. The fifth-place team will go into an inter-continental playoff. The current standings show Brazil leading the 10-team competition with 18 points, followed by Argentina (12), Ecuador (9) Uruguay and Colombia (8).


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