Montevideo: Argentina and Brazil reignited their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaigns with important victories on Tuesday as Copa America champions Chile crashed to defeat in their grudge match with Uruguay.
Left: Brazil's Filipe Luis celebrates after scoring against Peru during their 2018 World Cup qualifier in Salvador de Bahia, on Tuesday. Pic/AFP
Two-time World Cup winners Argentina — who had taken just two points from their first three matches — claimed their first win, downing Colombia 1-0 in Barranquilla thanks to a first half goal from Lucas Biglia.
Brazil, meanwhile, produced their best performance of the qualifying campaign to date with a 3-0 defeat of Peru in Salvador. Bayern Munich star Douglas Costa scored one goal and created two others for Renato Augusto and Filipe Luis as Brazil swept aside the challenge of the Copa America semi-finalists.
In Montevideo, Uruguay gained revenge for their stormy Copa America quarter-final defeat to Chile earlier this year with a 3-0 win. The victory pushed Uruguay up to second place in the standings with nine points from four games, three points adrift of surprise early pacesetters Ecuador.
Captain Diego Godi, Alvaro Pereira and Martin Caceres scored for Uruguay.