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Brazil qualify for 2018 World Cup following victory over Paraguay

Brazil qualify for 2018 World Cup following victory over Paraguayā€¯

Brazil, placed at the top of CONMEBOL as well as tops the overall qualifying sections around the world with 30 points defeated Uruguay 4-1 in Montevideo on Friday.

The most popular choice was Corinthians coach Tite, who was overlooked after the 2014 World Cup debacle.

Brazil went nine points clear in the South American qualifying group after a blistering run of form since Tite took over from Dunga.

Brazil have thus become the first team, not including the hosts Russian Federation, to qualify for the World Cup. "People are saying that the champions are back".

But the national team of Paraguay in its history, such great achievements as the Brazilians - was not famous, however, it did not stop them eight times making their way to the final stages of the world championships.

Colombia, Chile and Uruguay are all now with Brazil in the automatic qualifying positions. "I am a little surprised with the time they gave me to make the change".

Messi was initially named in head coach Edgardo Bauza's line-up on Monday, but a suspension imposed by Federation Internationale de Football Association on the day of the game - after the captain insulted a match official in last week's victory over Chile - ruled him out of contention. "I admire both. One is on my side every day, is the best I've played with", the Brazilian said, adding Messi had been key for his improvement.

Neymar, part of the side who won Olympic gold at Rio 2016, said: "I always think of overcoming my limits".

Argentina's next games will be in August at Uruguay and in Buenos Aires against Venezuela.

Lallana took a kick to the leg during England's World Cup qualification victory over Lithuania at Wembley on Sunday, and despite playing the full 90 minutes has subsequently succumbed to the knock.

The FC panel debate the best team in worldwide football and highlight Brazil's impressive resurgence.

After he learned the result in Lima and that Brazil had secured the World Cup spot, Tite raised his hands to the sky at the end of his press conference and said: "Thank you, dear God".

Second-place Colombia has 24 points total from its 14 games.

And to make matters worse, this is not the first time the 28-year-old has been injured on global duty this season, having been ruled out for one month after England's 2-2 draw against Spain last November.



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