Brazil thrashed Chile for four goals. Neymar and Vinicius Junior gave Brazil a 2-0 advantage before the break, while Coutinho and Richarlison added their goals in the next half as the Selecao secured an easy win on the night. Brazil have already qualified for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Neymar, Vinicius Junior, Philippe Coutinho and Richarlison scored for Brazil as they defeated Chile 4-0 on Friday at the CONMEBOL 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. Brazilians completely dominated the game as they remained undefeated since losing to Argentina in the Copa America 2021 final. Neymar marked his return to the Brazil team by scoring a penalty.
Chile must now beat Uruguay at home on Tuesday and hope Peru and Colombia fail to win, respectively at home to Paraguay and away to Venezuela.
Giorgian de Arrascaeta sent Uruguay to the World Cup with the only goal of the game against Peru on Thursday, a result that also booked Ecuador’s ticket to Qatar with a helping hand from Brazil. Ecuador slumped to a 3-1 defeat in Paraguay but still qualified for a World Cup for the just the fourth time, all this century, thanks to Uruguay’s victory and already-qualified Brazil’s 4-0 win over Chile.
Nineteen teams have now qualified for the finals in Qatar later this year, with 13 spots still available.
With Argentina, who play Venezuela on Friday, also already qualified, Peru and Chile will now vie for the fifth-place intercontinental play-off spot from the single South American qualification group alongside Colombia, who emphatically ended a seven-match goalless streak with a 3-0 win over Bolivia. It has been a remarkable turnaround for Uruguay since a disastrous spell at the end of last year when they lost four matches in a row, conceding 11 goals, scoring just one and slipping to seventh in the 10-team group.
Peru striker Paolo Guerrero lashed out at South American football authorities on Thursday after his team were denied a late equaliser against Uruguay in a crucial World Cup qualifier.
Peru were 1-0 down in injury time when Miguel Trauco’s looping shot was held on the line by Uruguayan keeper Sergio Rochet, who then took a step backwards into his goal while holding the ball at arm’s length.
The Brazilian referee ruled the whole of the ball had not crossed the line and did not review the incident with the Video Assistant Referee.
“With all due respect to CONMEBOL (the South American Football Confederation), the referees and everyone belonging to the VAR, this is not fair,” Guerrero wrote on Instagram.
“It’s unacceptable, I hope they do something because (we) played very well and everyone knows it. I hope the person responsible appears, they would be taking away our qualification for the World Cup.”