A reborn Brazilian side won Thursday night’s Superclássico das Américas in commanding style, condemning Argentina to a defeat that leaves them in real danger of failing to reach the next World Cup in Russia.
The home team took the lead through a stunner from their Liverpool star, Philippe Coutinho and never looked back as they dominated proceedings from start to finish.
Here are three things we learned.
Coutinholooks to have found his rhythm:
Coutinho’s opener against Argentina makes it five goals in seven games in a yellow jersey – proof that he is becoming a force to reckon with for both Club and country.
Argentina in Trouble waters
Argentina came into this game on a run of three games without a win, hoping that the return of Lionel Messi – who missed all of those matches – would be the catalyst for an upturn in fortunes. Unfortunately, that did not happen and now they remain in sixth, outside the automatic qualification spots and even the play-off place.
Neymar scores his 50th Goal in a yellow jersey
The Barcelona star reached a significant milestone -his 50th goal in 74 appearance just before the interval against Argentina.