Leaders Brazil maintained their six-point lead at the top of the South American log ahead of the World Cup 2022 tournament in the Asian nation of Qatar courtesy the emphatic victory over Uruguay. The Uruguayans were on the receiving end of a 4-1 thrashing at the hands of the Selecao. Brazil were able to move closer to securing a place at the World Cup 2022 tournament by virtue of the big win over the Uruguayans.
Brazil took an early lead in their matchday twelve (12) clash at home to Uruguay thanks to Paris Saint Germain (PSG) attacker Neymar. The ex-Santos and Barcelona forward scored the first goal of the game on ten minutes. Leeds United star Raphinha then scored the first of his two goals for his country eight minutes later to double the advantage.
Tite handed a first start to Raphinha after impressive cameo appearances against Venezuela and Colombia earlier during the October international break and he took the opportunity by netting twice either side of the interval. The Leeds United talisman scored a second Brazil goal on 18 minutes thereby giving the Selecao a 2-0 lead at the half-time break.
Raphinha added a third Brazil goal just before the interval. It took him thirteen (13) second half minutes for the Leeds United player to complete his brace. Atletico Madrid striker Luis Suarez pulled one back for Uruguay on 77 minutes as the two-time world champions tried to get back in the game, but the result was never in doubt courtesy the fourth Brazil goal from Gabriel Barbosa seven minutes from time.
Argentina initially reduced the deficit at the top of the table to three points thanks to the slim win over Peru. Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez scored the only goal of the game on 43 minutes. Brazil restored the lead back to six points with the big victory over the Uruguayans.