In the marquee match of the 12th round of matches in South American World Cup qualifying, Brazil and its superstar Neymar will take on Luis Suarez and Uruguay in the Amazon’s Stadium in Manaus. But the teams enter the match in very different places when it comes to their qualifying fortunes.
Brazil is sitting comfortably in first place with an undefeated record and a six-point advantage over Argentina. It has the best defensive record in the tournament and still has not conceded a goal at home. That’s the prospect that’s facing a Uruguay side that’s coming off a 3-0 beatdown at the hands of Lionel Messi and Argentina just four days before.
Uruguay enters the match in fifth place in the standings and it’s scrapping for every point it can get to get into the top four places which will guarantee a direct ticket to Qatar 2022. It will close out the calendar year with a home game against Argentina and a trip to Bolivia, the latter which is proving problematic for several teams of late.
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Brazil vs. Uruguay final score
BRA – Neymar (Fred) – 10th min.
BRA – Raphinha – 18th min.
BRA – Raphinha (Neymar) – 58th min.
URU – Luis Suarez – 77th min.
BRA – Gabriel Barbosa (Neymar) – 83rd min.
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(All times Eastern)
Final: Brazil 4, Uruguay 1
83rd min.: Goal Brazil! It’s 4-1 thanks to a header finish from Gabriel Barbosa on a sensational ball from Neymar. The referee needed the VAR to verify that Gabigol wasn’t offside and the thumbs-up finally came through.
77th min.: Luis Suarez scores! It was a free kick and he finishes it with relative ease. With 13 minutes left, there’s still hope. First, a hydration break and a talking to from the coach. That was only the fourth goal conceded by Brazil during qualifying.
73rd min.: Neymar creates another chance, feeding Gabigol in the box and his shot is stopped.
71st min.: SUBS – Fabinho and Raphinha come off. Douglas Luiz and Everton Ribeiro take their place. Like-for-like subs.
66th min.: SUB – Uruguay bring on Facundo Torres for Matias Vecino. Moments later it was Brazil attacker Antony making the defensive play deep in his own end. If Brazil’s attackers defend like that, who has a shot against them?
65th min.: And the two Brazil subs combine in the box and nearly score. Antony pokes the ball to Gabigol whose first-time shot is tipped over the bar by Muslera. Great save.
61st min.: SUBS – With the result out of reach, the subs begin. Gabriel Jesus does not get his goal and he comes off for Gabigol. Lucas Paqueta also gets a round of applause with Antony coming in. Those are some quality subs to bring on. It’s going to be a long 30 minutes for Uruguay.
58th min.: Goal Brazil! In five passes, Brazil went from their own penalty area to Uruguay’s. Neymar fed Raphinha in stride and he buried it. Fantastic move, fantastic finish. Brazil has been brilliant.
51st min.: Again Gabriel Jesus! His teammates are trying to find him, but Muslera denied him again. It was a predictable shot and Muslera read it the entire way.
49th min.: Gabriel Jesus with a shot on goal and Muslera has to punch away. He wants to get in on the act.
46th min.: Second half is underway and Uruguay make three changes: Caceres, Piquerez and Torreira are on for De La Cruz, Vina and Nandez. No changes for Brazil.
Halftime: Brazil 2, Uruguay 0
Halftime: Deserved lead for Brazil. Whenever its attacking stars were on the ball — Neymar, Raphinha and Lucas Paqueta — they are just dancing past the Uruguayans. They’re on another level of skill and it shows. The goals were examples of that superiority. Uruguay needs a miracle to get something out of this game.
43rd min.: Fabinho gets a yellow and concedes a free kick to Uruguay. Brazil manage the danger.
39th min.: What a chance for Brazil! Raphinha is putting on a show with Neymar. The two combine in the box and Uruguay’s Muslera needs to make a save on a point-blank Neymar shot or it could’ve been 3-0.
28th min.: Paqueta having himself a game. He nutmegs a defender and his ball in the box goes out to Fabinho who fires way high.
18th min.: Another goal for Brazil! It’s Raphinha. He’s at the far right post to pick up the pieces on a shot that was saved and he puts it home for the easy finish. Brazil barely breaking a sweat.
10th min.: Goal Brazil! It’s Neymar! What a goal it was. Fred floats the ball into the penalty area for Neymar’s run. The PSG man rounds the ‘keeper and fires the ball past the defenders waiting on the line. Well-worked goal.
7th min.: Neymar goes down just outside the penalty area, but the referee wasn’t in the penalty-giving mood. Neymar didn’t complain much on that one.
4th min.: Calm start to this match. Teams are not really attacking each other just yet. The crowd is not into it. They’re waiting for the players to make the first move.
1st min.: After a moment of silence for COVID-19 victims, we’re off.
8:29 p.m.: We’re just about ready to kick off here:
Brazil vs. Uruguay: Lineups
Tite makes five changes to his lineup with Ederson manning the nets and Tottenham right back Emerson Royal getting the start. Lucas Verissimo will step in to give Marquinhos a breather and Raphinha will get the start wide right. Real Madrid central defender Eder Militao is out injured.
Brazil starting lineup (4-3-3, left to right): 23-Ederson-GK — 6-Alex Sandro, 22-Lucas Verissimo, 3-Thiago Silva, 13-Emerson Royal — 8-Fred, 5-Fabinho, 17-Lucas Paqueta — 10-Neymar, 9-Gabriel Jesus, 19-Raphinha
Brazil subs: 1-Alisson-GK, 12-Weverton-GK, 16-Guilherme Arana, 4-Marquinhos, 2-Danilo, 15-Edenilson, 7-Gerson, 14-Douglas Luiz, 20-Antony, 11-Everton Ribeiro, 18-Vinicius Junior, 21-Gabriel Barbosa
(Not in squad: Arthur Cabral, Eder Militao)
Uruguay are pairing up Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani at forward. The Celeste will be missing center backs Jose Maria Gimenez and Ronaldo Araujo along with Giorgian de Arrascaeta, but Rodrigo Betancur is back from a suspension for yellow card accumulation.
Uruguay starting lineup (4-4-2, left to right): 1-Fernando Muslera-GK — 17-Matias Vina, 3-Diego Godin, 19-Sebastian Coates, 8-Nahitan Nandez — 7-Nicolas De La Cruz, 15-Federico Valverde, 5-Matias Vecino, 6-Rodrigo Betancur — 9-Luis Suarez, 21-Edinson Cavani
Uruguay subs: 23-Sergio Rochet-GK, 12-Martin Campana-GK, 22-Martin Caceres, 2-Joaquin Piquerez, 13-Giovanni Gonzalez, 20-Facundo Torres, 14-Lucas Torreira, 11-Gaston Pereiro, 18-Darwin Nunez, 4-Fernando Gorriaran, 10-Augustin Alvarez Martinez, 16-Brian Rodriguez
How to watch Brazil vs. Uruguay
- Date: Thursday, Oct. 14
- Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
- Streaming: fuboTV
Brazil vs. Uruguay and every World Cup qualifying match in South America can be streamed exclusively on fuboTV in English and Spanish.
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The matches are also available on a pay-per-view basis via cable and satellite TV providers.
Brazil vs. Uruguay: Betting odds & prediction
Odds courtesy of DraftKings
Pick: Brazil -1 Asian Handicap (-115)
Although Uruguay had its chances against Argentina on Sunday, the 3-0 loss was an accurate reflection of the difference in talent between the two sides. It will be the same case in Manaus, and while the result may not turn out to be quite as lopsided, Brazil should at least be one goal better. Brazil also has the best team defense in the tournament — three goals allowed in 10 games — and won’t get scored on easily.
The Brazil -1 Asian Handicap may not be wildly adventurous, but neither is the play we’ll see between these two teams. It’s decent protection if the Selecao have an off day in front of goal.
Prediction: Brazil 2, Uruguay 0
- Moneyline: Brazil -210 / Draw +310 / Uruguay +750
- Spread (Asian Handicap): Brazil -1 (-110) / Uruguay +1 (+100)
- O/U 2.5 total goals: Over +130 / Under -160
- Both teams to score: Yes +155 / No -205