Brazil became the first team to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Tuesday apart from the host Russia. The five-time World Cup champions register a 3-0 victory over Paraguay in Sao Paulo, moving to 33 points from 14 matches in South American qualifying tournament. The Brazilians secured a direct spot for Russia 2018 after the third-place Uruguay lost 2-1 to Peru in Lima.
There are huge worries for the Argentina team as their star player Messi is banned fro playing the next four matches. Argentina lost 2-0 to Bolivia and slipped from third to fifth place with just four matches remaining.
The top four team in South America will earn the direct spot in the World Cup 2018. The fifth-ranked South American team has to go for the playoff against a team from Oceania for the spot in World cup. Argentina has 22 points from six wins and four draws which put coach Edgardo Bauza under intense pressure.
In the Brazil match, the opening goal was scored at 33 minutes when Philippe Coutinho, counted on Paulinho’s dummy pass to give him space and he smashes it in the goal from the edge of the box. In the early part of the second half, Brazil got the penalty but Neymar missed the opportunity to score to give the decisive lead to the team.
But he did not make the same mistake when he got the opportunity in the 63rd and he made it count to make the score 2-0.In the 85th of the match, Neymar and Coutinho showed the brilliant passing skills and found Paulinho at the edge of the box and he found Marcelo in front of the goalkeeper who scored the goal to make it 3-0.The crowd at stadium ended the game chanting Tite’s name, which made him emotional.
After the coach learned the result in Lima and the fact that Brazil had secured the World Cup spot, Tite raised his hands to the sky at the end of his press conference and said: “Thank you, dear God.”
With only four games remaining in South American qualifying, Colombia, Uruguay and Chile occupy the remaining three guaranteed World Cup spots. Argentina who is currently in fifth place would have to qualify for Russia via a playoff with an Oceania side.
Neymar believes he is in the top moment of his career and plays for the best national team in the world.The 25-year-old star also admitted he had to mature after a series of controversies on and off the pitch and promised Brazil would be one of the favorites in the next World Cup in Russia.
After the match, Neymar said that he believes that he is in the top form and is playing for one of the best team in the world. The 25-year-old Barcelona star also admitted he had to learn a lot from controversies on and off the pitch and promised that Brazil would be one of the favorites in the next World Cup.