Brazil qualify for 2018 World Cup after Coutinho and Neymar down Paraguay

Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos was a starter as Brazil beat Paraguay 3-0 to become the first country to qualify for the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russian Federation.

Real Madrid full-back Marcelo made it 3-0 via a fine chipped effort to seal an impressive win for Brazil which sees them qualify for Russian Federation after going nine points clear of second-placed Colombia.

The result left Argentina fifth in the South American zone World Cup qualifying standings with 22 points from 14 matches.

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. With the 3-0 victory over Argentina in the same stadium where Brazil had been humiliated against Germany, the coach's reputation was enhanced.

Neymar was in the thick of the action again moments later after winning a contentious penalty but his spot-kick was easily saved by Silva. "I will have a caipirinha [cocktail] this big", Tite said, spreading his hands.

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

The Brazilian team applauding the crowd after their victory.

Neymar capped an eventful evening with a goal in the second half before Marcelo added a late third.

Neymar made amends for the missed penalty by scoring minutes later in the 64th minute.

The city's Estadio Hernando Siles is situated some 3,600 metres (11,800 ft) above sea level, and was the scene of a famous 6-1 Argentinian defeat in qualifiers for the 2010 World Cup.

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"Then the best in the world said 'Calm down, it will all fall into place, play your game.' It was great for me", Neymar said. Phillipe Coutinho and Marcelo scored Brazil's other goals. The Brazilians secured a direct spot for Russian Federation 2018 after third-place Uruguay lost 2-1 to Peru in Lima.

Coach Tite, who has won seven straight games in qualifiers since he took over in September, had his best days at Corinthians.

"In the last three games he was fouled more than 50 times and still remained focused on his game".

Brazil no longer depends entirely on Neymar, and it can play without its teenage target-man Gabriel Jesus and still score many goals.

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