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2018 World Cup qualifier: Brazil beats Argentina 3-0

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11-11-2016 12:55 BJT

Brazil hosted long-time rival Argentina in a 2018 World Cup qualifier in Belo Horizonte, the same stadium in which Brazil suffered its most humiliating defeat, the 7-1 humbling by Germany in the semifinals of the 2014 World Cup, that will continue to haunt the team and nation for some time. But under new coach Tite.

Brazil has won four in a row to lead the table, and thanks to Neymar scoring his 50th international goal, took another step to redemption.

Lionel Messi (C) of Argentina vies with Neymar (R) of Brazil during the qualification match for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals between Brazil and Argentina at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Nov. 10, 2016. Brazil won 3-0. (Xinhua/Li Ming)

Lionel Messi (C) of Argentina vies with Neymar (R) of Brazil during the qualification match for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals between Brazil and Argentina at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Nov. 10, 2016. Brazil won 3-0. (Xinhua/Li Ming)

Brazil took the lead after 24 minutes when Neymar slipped the ball to Philippe Coutinho with the deftest of touches and the Liverpool midfielder hammered an unstoppable drive into the top corner of the net.

Neymar doubled Brazil’s advantage just seconds before half time when he coolly slotted home for his 50th goal in 74 matches with the national squad.

Messi, who returned after missing three games because of injury, was anonymous in a contest highlighted by brilliant moments from the home side.

Paulinho sealed the win 13 minutes into the second half, when the midfielder poked home a cross from Renato Augusto. The resounding 3-0 defeat drops Argentina into sixth place in the 10-team CONMEBOL group while Brazil remains on top.

In other games, Colombia drew 0-0 at home to Chile and stay in third place, Peru scored four in the second half to crush Paraguay 4-1. Uruguay beat Ecuador 2-1 to remain second, a point behind Brazil. And Josef Martinez became the first Venezuelan to score a hat-trick in World Cup qualifiers in the 5-0 beating of Bolivia.

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