Brazil's Gabriel Jesus (L) celebrates after scoring against Bolivia with teammates Neymar (C) and Brazil's Giuliano during their Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier football match in Natal, Brazil, on October 6, 2016. / AFP / VANDERLEI ALMEIDA
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Brazil and Uruguay scored easy victories to maintain their lead at the top of South America's 2018 World Cup qualifying tournament Thursday as Chile lost ground after crashing to defeat in Ecuador.Brazil coach Tite, who has now won all three games since taking over from sacked predecessor Dunga, said he had not expected his team to win so impressively.The win left Brazil sitting comfortably in second place in the 10-team round-robin tournament, one point behind leaders Uruguay, who swatted aside winless Venezuela 3-0 in Montevideo.Uruguay have 19 points from nine games, with Brazil on 18 points.The draw leaves Argentina in the fifth and final qualifying spot, level with both Colombia and Ecuador on 15 points.Chile now have only 11 points from nine games and are five points adrift of the qualifying positions.The 29-year-old has also bagged 10 goals in all competitions for PSG this year.
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