The continent's under-age heavyweights will meet in this year’s decider after the junior Selecao turned on the style against Bolivia.
Brazil U-17 3-0 Bolivia U-17
Brazil came alive in the second half as they turned the screw to put three past their opponents without reply.
A win for Bolivia would have seen them in the final instead, but now they must try for World Cup qualification through the second group phase.
The first period was an even encounter where both sides had chances to break the deadlock, but wasteful finishing and good goalkeeping prevented either team getting their noses in front.
Most frustrated by the goalless first half was the onlooking Paraguay team, who needed Brazil to win by five goals or more to progress to the second round themselves.
The Paraguayans and the Canarinha faithful were soon on their feet in the second half though as Lucho Nizzo’s team took control of the game and began to pepper Pedro Leanos’ goal with shots.
Five minutes into the second period, Brazil took the lead after a cleverly worked free kick was bundled home by Manchester United’s latest recruit, Dodo.
Wellington brought his team a free kick on the left midway inside the Bolivian half which he lifted towards the back post. Felipinho soon had the ball under his spell at the far stick and he swept it invitingly across the face of the goal.
Leanos was beaten to the ball by Dodo and the left-back’s scuffed shot bobbled over the line to give his side the lead.
Felipinho was again involved in Brazil’s second as he continued to take advantage of his first start of the tournament courtesy of Philippe Coutinho’s suspension.
The attacker’s run down the left was capped off with a drilled cross which left Wellington with a simple tap into an unguarded net to double Brazil’s advantage.
The Selecao Sub-17 scored their third of a rampaging 15-minute, second-half spell after a succession of corners lead to a mistake from Leanos.
The Bolivian goalkeeper reached Wellington’s centre first but could not hold on to the ball and it fell at the feet of Romario.
Despite being a defender, the right-back lived up to his Brazilian namesake of 1,000 goals and powered home his finish from close range.
The game stayed lively until the end as Nizzo encouraged his players forward while Bolivia were unsure whether to attack or defend, as they knew a loss of more than four goals would put them out.
With the score remaining 3-0 at the final whistle, Bolivia and the unbeaten Colombia advance to the second phase of the tournament from Group A to play for the two remaining World Cup places.
Brazil can now put their feet up and look forward to the final as they are guaranteed, at very least, their ninth top-two finish in the 13th edition of the Sudamericano Sub-17 championships.
Brazil: Luiz Guiherme – Romario, Gerson, Mauricio, Dodo – Fernando, Carlao, Zezinho – Felipinho, Joao Pedro, Wellington (Eduardo 86)
Goals: Dodo 50, Wellington 56, Romario 67
Bolivia: Leanos – Quispe, Chavez, Arredondo, Tordoya – Ballivian, Suheiro, Guzman (Pachuri 68), L. Arauz, F. Arauz – Vargas
Tim Sturtridge, Goal.com