Brazil emerges first country to qualify for 2018 World Cup

Brazil has become the first country to qualify for the 2018 World Cup after Uruguay crashed to an upset 2-1 defeat against Peru.

The Brazilians had moved to the brink of qualification after defeating Paraguay 3-0 in Sao Paulo, but Uruguay’s surprise loss in Lima and results elsewhere mean Brazil are guaranteed one of the four automatic qualifying berths from South America.

Brazil lead the standings on 33 points with four matches to play, 11 points ahead of arch-rivals Argentina, who slipped back into fifth after a 2-0 defeat away to Bolivia without suspended captain Lionel Messi.

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