Brazil's Philippe Coutinho celebrates scoring his side's first goal against Paraguay during their 2018 World Cup qualifying soccer match at the Arena Corinthians Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, March 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
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Brazil became the first team to qualify for the World Cup Tuesday after beating Paraguay to clinch an eighth consecutive victory as Argentina's campaign stumbled after the shock suspension of Lionel Messi.Five-time champions Brazil had been left waiting in suspense after goals from Neymar, Philippe Coutinho and Marcelo handed them a 3-0 win over the Paraguayans at Sao Paulo's Arena Corinthians.The qualification completes an astonishing turnaround for Brazil, who less than a year ago were in crisis after taking only nine points from six games.That revival saw Brazil take maximum points from their next eight qualifying games, leaving them nine points clear Tuesday with four games left.On 64 minutes Neymar doubled Brazil's tally, collecting the ball deep inside his own half and setting off on a surging run down the left flank.
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