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.