Gilette Brasil Global Tour
 
Played
March 29, 2017 1:45 AM BST
Arena Corinthians — São Paulo, São Paulo
Referee:‬ V. Carrillo‎
Attendance:‬ 45000‎
 
 
64′ Neymar Jr.
 
86′ Marcelo
 

Brazil 3 Paraguay 0: Tite's men poised for World Cup as Neymar stars

Wearing the captain's armband for the first time since March last year, Neymar dazzled after scoring his 52nd international goal.

Sacha Pisani

Brazil forward Neymar
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Neymar was in fine form as Brazil virtually booked their spot at next year's World Cup with a 3-0 win at home to Paraguay.

Wearing the captain's armband for the first time since March last year, Neymar dazzled after scoring his 52nd international goal in Sao Paulo on Tuesday.

Philippe Coutinho opened the scoring 10 minutes prior to the break at Arena Corinthians, combining with Paulinho, before Neymar added a second in the 64th minute after missing a second-half penalty.

And Marcelo sealed a ninth successive victory for Tite's CONMEBOL leaders with four minutes remaining.

Unbeaten since Tite replaced Dunga after last year's Copa America Centenario - keeping seven clean sheets during that run - Brazil moved nine points clear in the South American standings as Uruguay faced Peru in Tuesday's late fixture.

Brazil were forced into one change for the visit of Paraguay, with full-back Dani Alves suspended following last week's 4-1 win in Uruguay. Fagner replaced the Juventus star.

Francisco Arce brought in Rodrigo Rojas, Hernan Perez and Derlis Gonzalez for Victor Caceres, Dario Lezcano and Juan Iturbe after Paraguay edged Ecuador 2-1 last time out.

Neymar was a clear target for Paraguay during the early exchanges, fouled on several occasions but the star man dusted himself off and got on with the job, almost setting up the opener in the sixth minute following a teasing delivery to Paulinho.

Paraguay impressed defensively and in attack, refusing to allow Brazil time on the ball and the visitors should have taken the lead seven minutes later when Gonzalez moved through on goal after some sloppy play from Miranda but the Dynamo Kiev forward scuffed his shot.

Brazil finally broke Paraguay's stubborn resistance 10 minutes before the break via Coutinho. After checking inside and playing a neat one-two with Paulinho, the Liverpool star guided the ball beyond Antony Silva from the top of the penalty area.

The hosts came out all guns blazing in the second half and almost doubled the lead in the 49th minute but Paulinho was unable to add to last week's hat-trick - firing his volley wide of the post.

A sliding Neymar then collided with the post, wasting a golden opportunity after being picked out by Coutinho.

Neymar was in the thick of the action again moments later after winning a contentious penalty but his spot-kick was easily saved by Silva.

But Neymar eventually made up for his penalty miss just past the hour-mark. After dazzling his way through Paraguay's defence, his shot beat Silva, albeit with some help from a deflection as he moved within three goals of Romario for third place in Brazil's all-time goalscorers list.

Full-back Marcelo capped the result with a delicate lofted effort over Silva with the outside of his boot in the closing stages.

Brazil

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Alisson
Goalkeeper
-
Fagner
Defender
12
Marcelo
Defender
64′ 86′
15
Marquinhos
Defender
46′
22
Miranda
Defender
16
Casemiro
Midfielder
10
Renato Augusto
Midfielder
7
Paulinho
Midfielder
34′ 86′
22
Roberto Firmino
Midfielder
87′
11
Neymar Jr.
Striker
53′ 64′

Paraguay

22
A. Silva
Goalkeeper
53′
-
Bruno Valdez
Defender
5′
-
J. Alonso
Defender
14
P. da Silva
Defender
2
D. Verón
Defender
16
C. Riveros
Midfielder
-
R. Rojas
Midfielder
80′
-
M. Almirón
Midfielder
46′
11
Hernán Pérez
Midfielder

Substitutes

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Ederson Moraes
Goalkeeper
-
Weverton
Goalkeeper
-
Gil
Defender
4
Thiago Silva
Defender
46′
3
Filipe Luis
Defender
-
Mariano
Defender
-
Diego Ribas
Midfielder
-
Giuliano
Midfielder
25
Fernandinho
Midfielder
7
Diego Souza
Midfielder
87′
22
Willian
Midfielder
87′
18
Dudu
Midfielder

Substitutes

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D. Barreto
Goalkeeper
22
R. Fernández
Goalkeeper
24
R. Ortiz
Midfielder
-
Óscar Romero
Midfielder
6
M. Riveros
Midfielder
-
A. Romero
Striker
77′
-
-
S. Salcedo
Striker
10
E. Benítez
Striker
-
F. Santander
Striker
56′

Coach/Manager

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Tite
Coach
 
  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match