Everybody loved Neymar & Coutinho's stunning linkup play for Brazil's 2nd goal vs Chile

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For the majority of the South American World Cup qualifying group, the final round of matches on Tuesday evening had a lot riding on them.

Lionel Messi's Argentina simply had to win, Peru and Colombia were scrapping it out for a qualifying spot and Chile faced the unenviable task of beating Brazil in their own backyard in order to keep their hopes alive.

Alexis Sanchez's side had not been at the races for much of the campaign, however, they had given their chances a massive boost by beating Ecuador in Santiago in their penultimate fixture.

But, beating Brazil was never going to be easy, particularly as Tite's Selecao side have arguably been the most impressive side in the entirety of qualifying.

They sealed their spot in the group stages months ago and fielded an incredibly strong team against the Chileans.

The likes of Sanchez, Arturo Vidal and Eduardo Vargas just could not handle the red-hot Brazilians, losing 3-0 and watching their World Cup dream go down the drain.

Paulinho gave the Selecao the lead and just moments later, Tite's devastating front three combined to score one of the most perfect counter attacking goals in recent memory.

Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho picked the ball up deep in midfield and provided the perfect pass for €222m man Neymar, who duly rolled it across the goal for Gabriel Jesus to fire into the net.

In just five touches, they had carved Chile to shreds.


They are probably the best attacking trident in international football and they will certainly be right in the mix to win the World Cup next summer.

Twitter picked up on the sweeping move and voiced their love for the moment of footballing artistry.


A lot of people focused on the stunning pass from Coutinho in the build up.

Neymar will be hoping a successful World Cup campaign with Brazil will fuel his ambition to win the Ballon d'Or next year, however, his old pal Messi may have something to say about that after firing Argentina to Russia with a hat trick.

But, Neymar was happy to him as he qualified for the biggest stage of all.

"I'm happy for him," Neymar told reporters, per Goal.

Brazil v Chile - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Qualifier

"I'm happy to see a friend participate in such an important competition. I also have friends in the Chile team but we're men. We have to play to win every game."

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