Saturday 12 November 2016

Brazil beat Argentina by 3-0 in World Cup qualifier


Neymar scored a milestone goal as Brazil piled the pressure on Argentina in World Cup qualifying with a 3-0 win on Thursday.

The Barcelona star netted his 50th international goal, to go with efforts from Philippe Coutinho and Paulinho, in the comfortable win, reports

The result heaps the pressure on Argentina, whose winless run in qualifying extended to four matches.

Edgardo Bauza’s men rarely threatened despite the return of Lionel Messi, who was well contained by Tite’s Brazil.

It means under Tite, Brazil – who are top of CONMEBOL qualifying – have won five out of five.

Coutinho struck with a stunner and Neymar scored just before the break to have Brazil in control, with Paulinho putting the Superclasico to bed just prior to the hour-mark.

They returned to Belo Horizonte for the first time since their embarrassing 7-1 loss to Germany in the 2014 World Cup semi-final and Tite started attacking stars Neymar, Gabriel Jesus and Coutinho.

Messi made his Argentina return, while Sergio Aguero was left on the bench with Enzo Perez preferred in the XI.

Both teams started cautiously and it made for a scrappy start at the Estadio Governador Magalhaes Pinto.

Coutinho brought the game to life with the opener.



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