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Neymar dazzles as Brazil thrash Bolivia

Neymar scored one goal and set up two more as Brazil turned on the style with a 5-0 thrashing of Bolivia in South America’s 2018 World Cup qualifying competition on October 6.

Neymar dazzles as Brazil thrash Bolivia
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Neymar (left) vies for the ball with Bolivia?s Ronald Raldes during their World Cup qualifier

Brazil’s victory left them comfortably on course to secure their place at the 2018 finals in Russia. The Brazilians are now second in the standings with 18 points from nine games. A sparkling first half performance effectively secured the points for Brazil, with Neymar, Philippe Coutinho, Filipe Luis and Gabriel Jesus all finding the net to put the hosts 4-0 up at half-time. Coutinho’s Liverpool team-mate Roberto Firmino made it 5-0 with a 75th-minute header.

Argentina drop two points without Messi 

Argentina were held 2-2 by Peru in the another qualifier, their second successive away draw without injured talisman Lionel Messi, which dropped them to fifth. 

Italy come from behind to draw 1-1 with Spain 

Spain will have to wait a little longer to avenge their loss to Italy in the 2016 European Championships after committing an unnecessary foul in the final minutes that allowed the hosts to level the score 1-1 in their football World Cup qualifier.

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