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Update FIFA WC Qualifiers: Brazil tops World Cup qualifying, Ecuador routs Colombia 6-1
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Brazil extended its winning streak to four matches by beating Uruguay 2-0 on Tuesday to lead South American World Cup qualifying.

Arthur in the 34th minute, his first goal for Brazil, and Richarlison doubled the lead in the 45th.

Ecuador, the surprise of the World Cup qualifying campaign, routed Colombia 6-1 and now has nine points from four games.

Argentina, with seven points, had a late game against Peru.

The top four teams will automatically qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The fifth-place team will go into an inter-continental playoff.

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Brazil and Uruguay had trouble to assembling their teams because of injuries and COVID-19. Among those that did not play in Montevideo were Neymar and Philippe Coutinho on the Brazilian side, and Luis Suárez and Federico Valverde on the Uruguayan.

Uruguay started strong, with striker Darwin Núñez hitting the bar in the 4th minute after beating right-back Danilo. It was the best chance the hosts had in the match.

Brazil, coming off a lackluster 1-0 victory over Venezuela last week, had more control and pace than Uruguay, which was coming off a 3-0 win over Colombia 3-0.

That difference started to show when Arthur took a shot from the edge of the box, the ball deflected and ended in the back of goalkeeper Martin Campaña's net.

Brazil nearly doubled the lead two minutes later with a crossed shot by Roberto Firmino, saved by Campaña. Brazil's persistence paid off in the end of the first half when Richarlison's header from Renan Lodi's cross made it 2-0.

Uruguay hit the bar again two minutes later with a header by Diego Godin, but offered little resistance in the second half. The hosts were depleted further when veteran striker Edinson Cavani was sent off after a harsh tackle on Richarlison with 20 minutes remaining.

“It is always hard to restart, our rivals already have a map of our team,” Brazil defender Thiago Silva said after the match. “But Brazilian soccer is always keen to renovate.”

Uruguay is in fifth position, with six points.

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