Brazil dropped points for the first time in their World Cup qualifying campaign with a 0-0 draw in Colombia.
The Copa America runners-up had won all of their previous nine qualifiers for Qatar, but were nowhere near their best in Barranquilla on Sunday.
The Selecao had the best chances, but efforts from Manchester United’s Fred, Leeds winger Raphinha and Ajax Amsterdam’s Anthony all failed to go in. Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar was at the centre of most of Brazil’s attacking moves, but at the end they had to settle for a draw.
Brazil are now nine points clear at the top of the group. Colombia remain in fifth place and 13 points behind the Brazilians.
Colombia host Ecuador on Thursday while Brazil play Uruguay on Friday in Manaus. The top four sides in the group qualify automatically for the World Cup.
Elsewhere, Argentina defeated Uruguay 3-0 at home while Chille thumped Paraguay 2-0. Messi scored the opener before Rodrigo De Paul and Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez scored the other two goals.
This was Messi’s 80th international goal. He has made history by becoming the first South American player to score 80 goals.
Bolivia defeated Peru 1-0 at the Estadio Hernando Siles while Venezuela stunned Ecuador 2-1 at the Olimpico de la UCV.
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By FARPost Reporter