World Cup 2022 Qualifying: Brazil remains perfect

Brazil remained perfect in World Cup 2022 qualifying when it beat Paraguay, 2-0, to improve its record to six wins in six games.

Neymar scored the first goal and set up substitute Lucas Paqueta for the late insurance goal.

It leads second-place Argentina by six points after La Albiceleste blew a 2-0 lead after eight minutes at Colombia and had to settle for a 2-2 tie when Miguel Borja scored on a header in the fourth minute of stoppage time.

Brazil has already opened up a 10-point lead on Colombia in fifth place. The top four teams after the 18-game tournament advance to the World Cup in Qatar. South America's fifth-place team will have to play an intercontinental playoff next June.

Peru, which ended a 36-year absence from the World Cup when it played at Russia 2018, won for the first time in six games with a 2-1 victory at third-place Ecuador.

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Next up in South America: The Copa America, which is supposed to start on Sunday.

Brazilian players abandoned plans to boycott the tournament being played in Brazil after Argentina and Colombia pulled out of hosting the tournament due to COVID-19, which is ravaging South America. (Brazil's supreme court still must vote on Thursday on whether to allow the tournament  to proceed.)

Brazil's first game is scheduled against Venezuela at the Mane Garrincha Stadium in Brasilia.

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Results:
Thursday, June 3

Bolivia 3 Venezuela 1. (Goals: Martins 5, 83, Bejarano 60; Chancellor 26.)
Uruguay 0 Paraguay 0.
Argentina 1 Chile 1. (Goals: Messi pen. 24; Sanchez 36.)
Peru 0 Colombia 3 (Goals: Mina 40, Uribe 49, Diaz 55.)
Friday, June 4
Brazil 2 Ecuador 0. (Goals: Richarlison 65, Neymar pen. 90+4.)
Tuesday, June  8
Ecuador 1 Peru 2. (Goals: Plata 90+2; Cueva 62, Advíncula 88.)
Venezuela 0 Uruguay 0.
Colombia 2 Argentina 2. (Goals: Muriel pen. 51, Borja 90+4; Romero 3, Paredes 8.)
Paraguay 0 Brazil 2. (Goals: Neymar 4, Lucas Paqueta 90+3.)
Chile 1 Bolivia 1. (Goals: Pulgar 69; Martins pen. 82.)

Standings:
1. Brazil, 18 points
2. Argentina, 12 points
3. Ecuador, 9 points
4. Uruguay, 8 points (7-7)
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5. Colombia, 8 points (11-13)
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6. Paraguay, 7
7. Chile, 6
8. Bolivia, 5
9. Venezuela, 4 (3-9)
10. Peru, 4 (6-14)

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