Neymar and Suarez pull the trigger

VICTORY: Neymar exacted his revenge against Colombia with a sweetly struck low shot in the 74th minute to decide Tuesday's game


    Sep 08, 2016

    Neymar and Suarez pull the trigger


    BRAZIL'S march towards the 2018 World Cup gathered pace on Tuesday with a Neymar-inspired win over Colombia as Uruguay surged to the top of the South American qualification standings with a 4-0 rout of Paraguay.

    Just four days after their first-ever victory over Ecuador in Quito, Brazil dug deep to beat Colombia 2-1 in the Amazon jungle city of Manaus, courtesy of Neymar's 74th-minute winner.

    The result left Brazil - who had started the day outside the automatic qualifying places - in second place overall, just one point behind leaders Uruguay.

    Brazil's win over Colombia was the latest in a series of physical encounters between the two teams, who have skirmished regularly since the 2014 World Cup quarter-finals - a match that saw Neymar exit with a tournament-ending injury.

    Neymar, who was sent off against Colombia in a bruising Copa America battle in 2015, exacted his revenge with a sweetly struck low shot to decide Tuesday's game.

    Neymar's Barcelona teammate Luis Suarez, meanwhile, was in similarly sparkling form for Uruguay in their 4-0 thrashing of Paraguay.