Salvador — Brazil revived its World Cup qualifying campaign
with a 3-0 win over Peru on Tuesday.
Archrival Argentina, which has also struggled in early
qualifying for Russia in 2018, got a similar boost with a 1-0 victory over
Douglas Costa got Brazil rolling in the 22nd minute, scoring
off a cross from by Willian, who tormented Peru all night from his spot on the
Renato Augusto made it 2-0 in the 57th, slotting home a
15-meter (yard) shot behind Peru keeper Diego Penny.
Filipe Luis chipped it into the wide-open goal to score in
the 77th after Costa lashed a left-footed shot that Penny deflected.
Brazil improved to seven points from four matches, and Peru
stayed on three points from four.
Peru's Paolo Guerrero and Carlos Lobaton had chances in the
first few minutes before the game tilted toward Brazil.
Despite much of the possession, Brazil struggled to build up
an attack for much of the match. Barcelona star Neymar was more involved than
he has been in recent matches, but was slowed at time by fouls, which were
constant in the stop-and-go game.
Costa almost scored his second on a free kick in the 39th,
which hooked in from the left side and hit the far post behind Peru Penny.
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AGRENTINA GETS GOING
Argentina without the injured Lionel Messi defeated Colombia
1-0 as Lucas Biglia scored in the first half, chipping in from short range.
It was Argentina's first victory in four qualifiers, and it
scored only its second goal.
Argentina, the World Cup runner-up a year ago to Germany,
picked up its first victory without key players. Besides Messi, also out hurt
were Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero.
After defeating Peru in its first qualifier last month,
Colombia hasn't won its last three qualifiers and has only four points from
James Rodriguez was marked out of the match, and seldom
linked up in the Colombia attack.
Angel Di Maria should have made it 2-0 late in the first
half, but shot wide of the far post after getting in all alone on Colombia
goalkeeper David Ospina.
Argentina's Paulo Dybala also hit the post in the 89th.
ECUADOR STILL PERFECT
Ecuador won 3-1 at Venezuela to give it a perfect 12 points
in four matches and the lead in qualifying.
Fidel Martinez gave Ecuador a 1-0 lead in the 14th minute in
Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela, and Jefferson Montero made it 2-0 by halftime. Felipe
Caicedo added a third in the second half.
Venezuela, the only team in the 10-team South American
confederation never to play in the World Cup, has lost its first four
Substitute Josef Martinez scored Venezuela's late goal.
URUGUAY DUMPS CHILE
Uruguay defeated Chile 3-0 for its third victory in four
qualifying matches. Diego Godin, Martin Caceres and Alvaro Pereira scored for
Uruguay, which has nine points and moved into second place in qualifying behind
Copa America champion Chile has seven points.
PARAGUAY DEFEATS BOLIVIA
Paraguay defeated Bolivia 2-1 to improve to seven points.
Dario Lezcano and Argentina-born Lucas Barrios scored for Paraguay.
Yasmani Duk scored for Bolivia, which as three points.For
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