Brazil and Argentina win in World Cup qualifying

Brazil and Argentina both won in South American World Cup qualifying overnight to move closer to sealing qualification for Russia 2018.

The Brazilians are almost there having beaten Uruguay 4-1 in Montevideo, with Paulinho scoring a hat-trick and Neymar also netting after Edinson Cavani had put Uruguay in front.

After 13 out of 18 rounds, Brazil lead the 10-team round-robin competition by seven points from second-placed Uruguay.

Argentina are a point further back in third after Lionel Messi’s penalty saw off sixth-placed Chile 1-0 in Buenos Aires.

The top four teams qualify automatically for the World Cup and the fifth-placed side go into a play off with a team from Oceania.

Colombia, who beat Bolivia 1-0 in Barranquilla, are in fourth with Ecuador fifth after they lost 2-1 to seventh-placed Paraguay in Asuncion.

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