It’s another comfortable victory at home for Brazil, who make it eight wins from eight home matches during this World Cup qualifying campaign by beating Chile 4-0.
The hosts did their job in the first half after two late goals from Neymar, and Vinicius provided a lead with some assurance.
But they were temporarily pegged back after Vidal’s near-post finish immediately following the restart found its way past Alisson.
The goal would not stand, however, due to offside in the build-up, and it would be as close as the Roja came to getting one back.
With Coutinho putting the match out of reach 18 minutes from time from a spot-kick after Bravo’s foul on Antony.
A late Richarlison strike would add insult to injury and make it back-to-back four-goal showings for the Selecao after an impressive showing at the Maracana.
The win puts Brazil seven points ahead of Argentina ahead of their match tomorrow.
While the loss leaves Chile with the fifth place as a best-case scenario with one match remaining.
BRAZIL (4-3-3): Alisson;
Danilo, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Guilherme Arana; Fred, Casemiro;
Antony, Lucas Paqueta, Vinicius Junior; Neymar.
CHILE XI (3-5-2): Claudio Bravo;
Paulo Diaz, Enzo Roco, Gary Medel;
Gabriel Suazo, Charles Aranguiz, Claudio Baeza, Arturo Vidal, Mauricio Isla;
Alexis Sanchez, Eduardo Vargas.
NO DOUBT ABOUT IT! 1-0 BRAZIL! Neymar steps up and dispatches an expert penalty, sending the goalkeeper the wrong way as he rolls his strike into the bottom-left corner! It’s number 71 for Brazil forward, who is six goals away from Pele’s record!
BRAZIL DOUBLE THEIR ADVANTAGE! 2-0! The floodgates are open now as Vinicius receives a square pass on the left-hand side of the penalty area from Antony and coolly slips a low shot past Bravo!
3-0 BRAZIL! Coutinho steps up instead of Neymar but dispatches his penalty with similar ease, tucking the spot-kick away in the bottom corner to increase the Selecao’s lead.
RICHARLISON MAKES IT FOUR! 4-0! The Everton forward makes an impact 16 minutes after his introduction, getting on the end of a Bruno Guimaraes pass and creating space ahead of Suazo before dispatching a left-footed effort into the bottom corner.
So, what’s next?
Brazil is in action again on Tuesday, when they travel to face Bolivia. Chile ends their campaign on the same day at home against Uruguay.
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