BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, Sporting Alert – Neymar led Brazil to a 3-0 rout of Argentina in a CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying game on Thursday night.
Philippe Coutinho and Neymar scored first-half goals to give Brazil a 2-0 lead at the interval before Paulinho added a third for the home side early in the second half.
The win Thursday night saw Brazil moving one point clear of Uruguay at the top of the CONMEBOL Standings with 21 points, while Argentina continues to sit in the bottom half of the standing with 16 points.
Brazil grabbed the lead in the 25th minute when Liverpool playmaker Coutinho blasted past Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero into the top of the net from 19-yards out.
Coutinho picked up the ball on the left-hand side before dribbling to the centre of the Argentina box and then fired home a powerful shot into the goal.
Brazil went 2-0 up shortly before the halftime whistle when Neymar picked up a through ball and finished with a low shot past Romero.
Paulinho round out the scoring in the 58th minute for Brazil, firing home from just outside the six-yard box.
GOALSCORERS: Philippe Coutinho (25′) Neymar (45’+1′) Paulinho (58′)
In the earlier game on the night, Colombia and Chile battled to a 0-0 draw.
The contest saw forward Radamel Falcao making his first appearance for Colombia in 13 months.
Elsewhere, Sebastián Coates and Diego Rolan found the net in the first half and Uruguay edged Ecuador 2-1, with Felipe Caicedo also scoring in the first half.
In fact, Rolan scored what turned out to be the game winner for Uruguay one minute after Caicedo had equalized for Ecuador in the 45th minute