Brazil entered Thursday’s World Cup Qualifying contest with Argentina having never lost at home in the competition. That perfect record still stands.
Brazil had no problem with their neighbors, as Neymar, Paulinho and Coutinho all scored in a stunningly dominant 3-0 victory. Coutinho opened the scoring just 25 minutes in with a wonderful strike, and Neymar scored just before the end of the first half to double the lead as Brazil departed the field to an emotional ovation from the home fans in Belo Horizonte.
Looking for answers, Edgardo Bauza took off Enzo Perez in favor of another forward, Sergio Aguero, but that brought nothing to Argentina in the second half as the reigning World Cup finalist looked more like a mid-table South American team, which is where they are in the standings. Paulinho then got Brazil’s third just before the hour mark to cement the score line, and it was the knockout punch as the visitors created next to nothing in attack for 90 minutes.
The win sees Brazil remain atop of the qualifying table in South America with 24 points, while Argentina remains outside of the qualification zone in sixth place at 16 points.