Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador claim WCQ wins

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Brazil, Argentina and Ecuador have rounded out their South American group World Cup qualifiers for 2020 with victories.

Brazil maintained a 100 per cent record in qualifying for Qatar 2022 with a 2-0 defeat of hosts Uruguay.

Arthur scored the opening in the 34th minute, his first goal for Brazil, before Richarlison doubled the lead in the 45th.

Argentina scored twice in the first half as they comfortably beat Peru 2-0 to sit second on 10 points - just two points behind leaders Brazil.

Ecuador, the surprise of the qualifying campaign, routed Colombia 6-1 to be third in the standings on nine points.

Also on Tuesday, Venezuela beat Chile 2-1 for their first points while Bolivia got off the mark with a 2-2 draw against Paraguay, who are fourth and in the final automatic qualification spot.

The qualifying campaign does not return until March next year with two more rounds of matches.

Brazil and Uruguay had trouble assembling their teams for their match in Montevideo because of injuries and COVID-19.

Neymar and Philippe Coutinho were unavailable for the visitors while Uruguay were missing Luis Suarez and Federico Valverde.

The hosts' poor evening was capped off on 71 minutes when veteran striker Edinson Cavani was sent off for an over the ball tackle on Richarlison.

Uruguay are in fifth position, with six points.

Argentina's unbeaten run is now 11 games under coach Lionel Scaloni with Nicolas Gonzalez and Lautaro Martinez on the score sheet within the opening half an hour.

"We needed this victory... From the start we played a great game, the goals came and we did create a lot of opportunities," Argentina captain Lionel Messi said.

Colombia conceded six goals in a World Cup qualifier for the first time since 1977 as Ecuador managed to score as many goals in this game as they had in their previous 16 meetings with their neighbours.

Ecuador, who failed to qualify for Russia 2018, scored four times in the first half with Robert Arboleda, Angel Mena, Michael Estrada and Xavier Arreaga on target before Colombia star James Rodriguez replied from the penalty spot.

Gonzalo Plata and Pervis Estupinan added further goals for the hosts after the restart to conclude the rout.

Colombia coach Carlos Queiroz told a news conference he was responsible for the defeat in Quito and urged for patience as they sit seventh with four points.

"Colombia players and fans need to know that these players will bring a lot of glory to Colombia. We ask for tolerance and understanding," Queiroz said.