Brazil returned to winning ways and continued on their way to Qatar in 2022 when Neymar and Raphinha scored a 4-1 World Cup qualifier win against Uruguay on Thursday.
The Selecao, whose perfect qualification record ended 0-0 in Colombia on Sunday, raced within 18 minutes against a ragged team from Uruguay with goals from Neymar and Raphinha with two goals in front and thus made their first international start.
Raphinha doubled their account in the 58th minute when Brazil dominated La Celeste and Uruguay’s goalkeeper Fernando Muslera kept Manaus from getting uglier.
Luis Suarez’s 77th-minute free-kick meant Brazil, who had six qualifying games without conceding and nine at home in World Cup qualifiers, conceded two goals in their last three games before Gabriel “Gabigol” Barbosa four minutes ahead Finally rounded off the hit.
Neymar scored in the 10th minute, kicking Fred’s lofted ball with his chest into the penalty area, the superstar striker rounded Muslera and drilled past Sebastian Coates on the line from a tight angle.
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Raphinha doubled Brazil’s lead and shot in after Neymar’s shot was deflected into his path by Diego Godin and Muslera to become the first Leeds United player to score for the South American giants.
Brazil should have finished third in the 34th minute when Neymar and Raphinha both took one touch too many in the penalty area and didn’t shoot.
Muslera kept Uruguay in the game after the break and failed twice in quick succession to Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus, along with Raphinha.
Edinson Cavani, who started alongside Uruguay’s top scorer Suarez, had denied a goal for a clear offside in the 56th minute before Brazil added a third.
Raphinha grabbed his second and crowned a swift counterattack by shooting at the post of Neymar’s release as the hour neared.
Muslera parried well to defeat substitute Barbosa twice before Suarez shot a free kick into the bottom corner and scored a consolation goal – his 65th international goal.
Barbosa reached his goal after VAR advice and headed in after a Neymar cross to score two goals in his last three internationals.