Paulinho put Brazil in front after the break, pouncing onto a spilled save of a Roberto Firmino shot and punching home from close range for his third goal in as many games for his country.
Brazil recovered from conceding an early goal to beat Uruguay 4-1 in Montevideo on Thursday, with Paulinho grabbing a hat-trick in a win that all but cements their place at next year's World Cup finals. Off a Neymar pass, Paulinho streaked across the midfield past several Uruguayan defenders and, from almost forty yards out, unleashed a thunderous shot that found the back of the net to tie the game. He looked to have gotten under it a little but the ball that came off his foot was tremendous pace and went where the goalkeeper couldn't stop it. Golazo.
Tabarez' men scored the first goal, before Brazil ran riot with a Paulinho hattrick and a Neymar lob.
With the 3-1 lead, a frantic Uruguay tried desperately to mount some kind of offense, but Brazil's defense stymied them at every opportunity.
Asked about the historic performance, coach Tite said it was "more than the expected". "We did more than controlling the match, we were dominant", he said in a post-match press conference.
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Liverpool ace Philippe Coutinho was in action for Brazil on Thursday in their 4-1 win over Uruguay and it appears as though he enjoyed himself. Our team is very self-aware that it has to triangulate. The win moved Eduardo Bauza's side up to third in the table, with Chile slipping to sixth.
The result takes pressure off Argentina, a team whose players have refused to talk to the media because of criticism they have endured over recent games.
His Chilean counterpart Juan Antonio Pizzi disagreed. James Rodriguez got the victor from the penalty spot after 83 minutes to lift Colombia in to third place.
The teams will face off Tuesday at Estadio Centenario in Montevideo, Uruguay, in a CONMEBOL (South America region) World Cup qualifying game. Chile will take on Venezuela at home, while Colombia travel to Ecuador for a crucial qualifier.