Brazil defeat Uruguay, Gonzalez scores for Argentina

Tanya Simon
November 21, 2020

On Tuesday, they travelled to the Uruguayan capital for a daunting match against Oscar Tabarez's formidable team, but even without Neymar, Philippe Coutinho and Casemiro, Brazil ran out comfortable winners, doing the damage before the break and controlling proceedings in the second half.

Brazil is unbeaten in three World Cup qualifiers, while Uruguay is 2-1.

Hailed as a "really great" player by global colleague Neymar, the 23-year-old proved he was up to the mantle placed upon him as he found the net in Brazil's 2-0 victory over South American rivals Uruguay in World Cup qualifying - and his impactful return to scoring ways should come as a huge boost to the Toffees.

Juventus midfielder Arthur Melo opened the scoring before Richarlison headed in a second on the stroke of half-time.

In the second half, Brazil kept Uruguay at arm's length with central defensive pairing of Thiago Silva and Marquinhos and Aston Villa's Douglas Luiz doing the defensive duties.

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Brazil lead the 10-team South American zone standings, having won all four of their qualifiers to date. Uruguay rattled the woodwork twice, but failed to score.

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Argentina, with Lionel Messi pulling the strings, brushed aside a limited Peru 2-0 in Lima, with goals from Inter Milan's Lautaro Martinez and Nicholas Gonzalez in a game in which they were never troubled.

While Brazil made a bright start, it was Uruguay who went closest to an early opener, Darwin Nunez powering an effort onto the crossbar from inside the area after cutting inside from the left in the fifth minute.

Ecuador, playing on their home turf in high-altitude Quito, hammered Colombia 6-1.

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