Chelsea star Willian struck twice as Brazil got back to winning ways in their South American 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia qualifying campaign with a 3-1 victory over Venezuela on Wednesday.
Willian scored twice – in the 37th second and again in the 42nd minute as Brazil rebounded from a humiliating 2-0 loss to Chile last Friday in their opening game of the qualifiers.
The Chelsea man opened the scoring with a hard shot that Venezuelan goalkeeper Alain Baroja could not keep out before doubling the score with another hard shot past Baroja inside the final three minutes of the first half thanks to a scintillating solo run by Filipe Luis assist to hand Dunga’s side a comfortable 2-0 half time lead.
Venezuela responded four minutes after the hour mark through Christian Santos but the Canarinho striker Ricardo Oliveira sealed the win for Brazil in the 74th minute.
In other results, Alexis Sanchez and Eduardo Vargas scored two goals apiece for Chile in the 4-3 win over Peru. Sanchez opened the scoring in the seventh. Peru equalized in the 10th through Jefferson Farfan, but were reduced to 10 men in the 23rd when Christian Cueva was sent off.
Peru still managed to seize the lead when Farfan converted a penalty in the 36th, but Vargas answered in the 41st and Sanchez put Chile ahead with his second goal in the 44th. Vargas made it 4-2 just minutes after the break, Peru trimming the margin with Paolo Guerrero’s goal in injury time.
Ecuador and Uruguay all notched their second victories in as many matches to stand tied on six points apiece with the Copa America Champions. Ecuador followed up their shock defeat of Argentina last week with a 2-0 victory over Bolivia in Quito and Uruguay downed Colombia 3-0 in Montevideo.