First-half goals from Arthur and Richarlison gave Brazil a 2--0 victory in Uruguay on Tuesday and maintained their 100% record in the South American qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup.
Brazil has missed a large number of players due to the Coronavirus and injuries, including incantation striker Neymar, but he was too strong for his opponent who had not defeated him since 2001.
Arthur opened the scoring in the 34th minute when his shot hit from outside the box cruelly against Uruguay goalkeeper Martin Campana and then Richarlison scored from a short corner kick seconds before halftime.
Uruguay is unluckyLuis Suarez missed after testing positive for COVID-19, Uruguay hit the wood twice in the first half, but his unfortunate night was confirmed when the assistant video referee convinced the referees to fire Edinson Cavani for inappropriate interference. Over Richarlison in the 71st minute.
Uruguay continued to fight, and Martin Caceres saw his close shot hit the net a quarter of an hour before the match was over, before the Chilean referee canceled it.
The win in Montevideo was Brazil's fourth successive victory in the qualifying round and ensures they are the only team in the South American group of 10 teams to win all of their first matches.
Qualifiers will resume again in March 2021.
The top four teams in the group automatically qualify for the 2022 Qatar Championship, and the fifth-placed team enters the tiebreak between the regions.
Venezuela defeats Chile
In Caracas, Venezuela scored their first points thanks to the late winner Salomon Rondon against Chile.
Guillermo Maripán put the hosts ahead in the eighth minute and although Arturo Vidal scored his third goal in two games moments later, Rondon's goal in the 81st minute gave Venezuela a much-needed win.
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