Zico, Ronaldo, Cabanas and five great Brazil-Paraguay clashes

With the Selecao set to face la Albirroja on Tuesday, Brasil Global Tour looks back at some previous classic encounters between the two sides

Brazil and Paraguay will clash once again on Tuesday as Conmebol World Cup qualification rolls into the 14th round, and the clash in Sao Paulo is already looking like a huge lap in the South America’s marathon for a place at Russia 2018.

If results go their way, Brazil could become the first team to qualify for next year's World Cup.

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And the Selecao have some good memories against Paraguay. The two sides have met 76 times, and Brazil have lost on just 11 occasions. Moreover, the Selecao have been defeated in just 2 of the 15 World Cup qualifiers between the two sides.

Below, Chevrolet Brasil Global Tour revisits a trio of great Paraguay-Brazil clashes from the Paraguayan capital

1949: Seventh Heaven

Copa America 1949 saw Brazil end a 27-year wait for the title as they stormed to victory at home by hitting a stunning 46 goals in just eight matches. The hosts blew away the competition, but their lone defeat, a 2-1 loss to Paraguay, left the two sides joint-top of the group on 12 points from seven matches. Once again a playoff was needed to decide the title, and Brazil continued their stunning form by thrashing Paraguay 7-0 at the Estadio Sao Januario. Ademir and Tesourinha (pictured above vs Argentina in 1946) both netted hat-tricks. So dominant was Brazil’s performance that Paraguay’s man-of-the-match was goalkeeper Sinforiano Garcia, whose showing was so impressive he was promptly snapped by Flamengo.

1969: On the verge of destiny

In 1970 Brazil would wow the world in Mexico. Beamed around the world in glorious Technicolor for the first time, Pele’s Selecao captured imaginations in a way nobody has managed since. First off, however, the then two-time world champions needed to book their place at the finals. The Defensores del Chaco provided a hostile atmosphere for the visitors, and the sentiment was transferred from the stands to the field in the first half as Brazil suffered a number of heavy challenges. After the break, however, Brazil found their groove and after Valentin Mendoza put through his own net to give the Selecao the lead, Jairzinho and Edu rounded off a comfortable victory.

1985: If it won't sit then let it fly

In 1985 the Defensores del Chaco provided a tricky venue for the likes of Socrates, Cerezo, Renato Gaucho, Casagrande and Zico. The ‘beautiful losers’ of 1982 had changed since the disappointment of a second-round defeat to Italy three years previously, but still wanted to play their own brand of passing football. The pitch wasn’t quite suitable for that sort of approach, however, and it took a long ball from Edinho to play in Renato to cross for Casagrande’s opener. The great Zico dealt with the surface by taking a bobbling ball on the heel and flicking it up off in the air before volleying in the second.

1997: Ronnie at the double

In 1997 Brazil won the tournament on foreign soil for the first time. They cruised through the group stages, finding the back of the net 10 times in three games, and Ronaldo doubled his tally for the tournament with both in the 2-0 quarter-final victory over Paraguay. His first saw him pinch the ball on the halfway line before running the length of the Parguay half to fire an unstoppable shot past the great Jose Luis Chilavert; his second an explosive finish after a fine through-ball from Denilson. Although Mexico's Luis Hernández was the 1997 edition's top scorer, Ronaldo was selected as the best player. He may not have found the net in the 7-0 demolition of Peru in the semi-finals, but the striker was back on target in the showpiece event as the Seleção downed hosts Bolivia 3-1.

2008: Cabanas makes it two

Dunga’s Brazil cruised into World Cup 2010, arriving at the tournament among the favourites to take crown with their ruthless, efficient brand of counter-attacking football. They topped the 10-team Conmebol group with 34 points and were top goalscorers with 33 goals from their 18 matches. They beat Chile 3-0 away, won 4-0 in Uruguay and strolled past Argentina 3-1 in Rosario. Qualification was well secured by the time they went down 2-1 to Bolivia in the extreme altitude of La Paz. Their only previous defeat that campaign had come in Asuncion. Roque Santa Cruz put the hosts ahead before the great Salvador Cabanas made it two.