Brazil stay perfect with tight win over Ecuador

    Richarlison of Brazil celebrates after scoring the first goal of his team with Neymar Jr.

    • Second-half goals see Brazil claim win over Ecuador
    • Richarlison and Neymar on the scoresheet for A Seleção
    • South American qualifiers for Qatar 2022 resume on Tuesday

    Brazil maintained their 100 per cent record in South American qualifying for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ with a hard-fought win over a resilient Ecuador on Friday.

    The five-time world champions dominated at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre but were unable to break down a typically well-organised Ecuadorian defence until Richarlison struck midway through the second half.

    Neymar, who set up the opener, then iced the cake by converting a penalty deep into added time.

    Brazil’s fifth win in as many matches means their advantage at the summit has now been extended to four points, with Argentina in second and Ecuador a further two points behind in third.

    All ten South American nations will be in action again on Tuesday as CONMEBOL's Qatar 2022 qualifiers wrap up until September.

    Brazil v Ecuador, Qatar 2022 qualifier
    Neymar Jr. of Brazil kisses the ball before taking a penalty kick
    Brazil v Ecuador - FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar Qualifier
    Marquinhos of Brazil and teammates walk onto the field
    Tite coach of Brazil walks onto the field before a match between Brazil and Ecuador
    Gabriel Barbosa of Brazil fights for the ball with Robert Arboleda of Ecuador 
    Alexander Dominguez of Ecuador assists Gabriel Barbosa of Brazil
    Gustavo Alfaro coach of Ecuador watches a match between Brazil and Ecuador
     Neymar Jr. of Brazil gestures during a match between Brazil and Ecuador
    Alan Franco of Ecuador fights for the ball with Fred of Brazil 
    Richarlison of Brazil celebrates after scoring the first goal of his team with Neymar Jr.
    Neymar Jr. of Brazil celebrates with teammates after scoring the second goal of his team 

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