Brazil seeking respite against Paraguay

Rio de Janeiro, March 28 (IANS) Midfielder Luiz Gustavo has admitted that Brazil must defeat Paraguay on Tuesday to provide “tranquility” in their qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup football in Russia.

Brazil drew 2-2 with Uruguay in Recife on Friday, a result that left them third in the South American zone qualifying standings, behind Ecuador and Uruguay, reports Xinhua.

The top four teams at the end of the two-year qualifying tournament will automatically qualify for the World Cup while the fifth team will earn a play-off berth.

“Every game in these qualifiers is difficult,” Gustavo told reporters on Sunday.

“Most teams like to play long balls and that makes it a struggle. We have to prepare for these difficulties. The qualifying tournament is long but every point is important, especially when playing away from home.”

Paraguay have been a thorn in Brazil’s side in recent years, having eliminated them from successive Copa America tournaments at the quarter-final stage.

And Ramon Diaz’s team are not lacking confidence, having defeated Bolivia and drawn Ecuador – who lead the standings – in their past two matches.

“It’s not going to be easy,” said Gustavo, who plays for Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg. “We need to play well and get a good result to give us some tranquility. Only a victory can give us that. The table is worrying.

“Paraguay are going to do their best to make it difficult for us. We have be focused and play as a team, all working towards the same objective.”

Leave a Reply

Please enter your comment!

The opinions, views, and thoughts expressed by the readers and those providing comments are theirs alone and do not reflect the opinions of or any employee thereof. is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the readers. Responsibility for the content of comments belongs to the commenter alone.  

We request the readers to refrain from posting defamatory, inflammatory comments and not indulge in personal attacks. However, it is obligatory on the part of to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments to the concerned authorities upon their request.

Hence we request all our readers to help us to delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by informing us at Lets work together to keep the comments clean and worthful, thereby make a difference in the community.

Please enter your name here