Coutinho and Neymar turn it on as Brazil batter Argentina

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Philippe Coutinho and Neymar were the ringleaders as Brazil cruised past fierce rivals Argentina in World Cup qualifying.

The Canarinho beat La Albiceleste 3-0 in Belo Horizonte thanks to goals from the Liverpool star and the Barcelona ace, while former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Paulinho (now with Guangzhou Evergrande) also got in on the act.

Coutinho kicked things off with a customary long range effort on 24 minutes before Neymar doubled the advantage on the stroke of half-time.

Paulinho then wrapped it up just before the hour-mark with a deflected shot as Brazil produced their fifth win under Tite since he replaced Dunga in September.

Brazil sit top of the CONMEBOL table with 24 points from 11 qualifiers, one point clear of Uruguay, who defeated Ecuador 2-1 in Montevideo. Their next match is against Peru in Lima on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Lionel Messi‘s Argentina are struggling in sixth position, eight points off Brazil, on the back of a four-game winless run.

 

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