Je­sus shows the way

> City-bound striker lifts Brazil in sec­ond half bril­liance over plucky Peru

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

AN OUT­STAND­ING per­for­mance from Gabriel Je­sus helped Brazil to a 2-0 win over Peru yes­ter­day and moved the five times World Cup win­ners four points clear at the top of the South Amer­i­can qualifying group for Rus­sia 2018.

Two sec­ond half goals, Manch­ester City-bound Gabriel Je­sus scor­ing the first and set­ting up the sec­ond for Re­nato Au­gusto, gave Brazil the points in Lima against a home team that played well for no re­ward.

“I am work­ing hard, qui­etly, hop­ing to help my team­mates on the pitch,” the 19year old striker told TV Globo af­ter the game.

“There are lot of play­ers in Brazil who can wear the No. 9 but I am proud that I have this op­por­tu­nity. I am proud to be hon­our­ing the shirt.”

Peru had never beaten Brazil in 10 pre­vi­ous World Cup qualifying matches but they took the game to their more il­lus­tri­ous vis­i­tors and were un­lucky to come up against two clin­i­cal fin­ish­ers.

The Palmeiras for­ward, who will join Manch­ester City in Jan­uary, got the first 12 min­utes into the sec­ond half when the ball fell kindly to him to ham­mer home from 13 yards.

He turned provider 21 min­utes later, lay­ing the ball off to Re­nato Au­gusto in space and the Bei­jing Guoan mid­fielder made no mis­take from 12 yards.

The re­sult was a tri­fle harsh on Peru, who hit the post early on and were not over­awed, par­tic­u­larly in an even first half.

The re­sult marked the first time since 1969 that Brazil have won six con­sec­u­tive qualifying matches for the same tour­na­ment.

Brazil now lead the ta­ble with 27 points from 12 games, four more than sec­ond­placed Uruguay.

The top four teams qual­ify au­to­mat­i­cally for Rus­sia 2018 and the fifth­placed side goes into a play­off with a team from Ocea­nia. – Reuters

– AFPPIX

Brazil’s Ney­mar (in blue) is checked by Peru de­fender Aldo Corzo dur­ing their 2018 FIFA World Cup qual­i­fi­fier match in Lima yes­ter­day.

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