Luis Suárez’s Uruguay made light work of Paraguay in Tuesday’s 2018 World Cup qualifiers, winning 4-0 with the Barça striker playing a key role with two assists for Cavani and a goal from the penalty spot.
The win sends the celeste back to the top of the ten-team table in the Conmebol zone after Argentina could only draw 2-2 against bottom-placed Venezuela. Without Leo Messi but with Javier Mascherano, the 2014 finalists trailed 2-0 at one stage but goals from Pratto and Otamendi managed to salvage a point.
It’s been a great week for Brazil and Neymar Jr, who after winning in Ecuador made it six points from six with a valuable 2-1 win at home to Colombia (2-1). The Barça striker was involved in both goals, setting up Joao Miranda for the first and netting the second with 15 minutes to go. The win leaves Brazil joint second with Argentina on 15 points, one behind leaders Uruguay.
Earlier on in the day, the four Barça players on international duty in European qualifiers all watched from the side-lines – which may or may not have something to with the fact that none of their teams won. Jasper Cillessen’s Holland, however, will be reasonably happy to have started their campaign with a point from a 1-1 draw in Sweden. Neither Umtiti nor Digne featured as France’s game in Belarus ended scoreless, and Andre Gomes sat out Euro 2016 champions Portugal’s 2-0 defeat in Switzerland.