Brazil edges Colombia 3-1; Paraguay wins

Second-half goals from Casemiro, Willian and Neymar lifted

Brazil to a 3-1 victory over Colombia on Thursday, leaving Brazil

unbeaten from two Group B matches in South American Under-20 World

Cup qualifying.

In Thursday’s other Group B match, Ivan Torres’ 23rd-minute goal

gave Paraguay a 1-0 victory over Bolivia.

Brazil’s perfect start matches Argentina’s two victories in

Group A, making them the early favorites. The top four teams

advance to the Under-20 World Cup later this year in Colombia. The

top two also get berths in the 2012 London Olympics.

Casemiro scored in the 55th, heading in after a cross from

Mauricio. Willian scored eight minutes later, chipping in from

close range. Edwin Cardona scored from a penalty for Colombia in

the 66th.

Santos star Neymar scored his fifth goal of the tournament with

a sharp-angled shot in the 87th. Scoring from what seemed an

impossible angle showed why he is seen as the top talent in the


Colombia has only one point from its first two matches, but had

it chances early when Cardona hit the crossbar in the 24th from a

free kick.

For Paraguay, Torres’ winning goal came in the 23rd minute from

a spectacular, rising shot from 25 meters (yards). The victory was

a welcome rebound for Paraguay, which was badly beaten 4-2 by

Brazil – all four goals by Neymar – in its opening match


Bolivia was playing its first game of the 10-team


Friday is a day off with play resuming Saturday in Group A when

Argentina plays Venezuela and Chile faces Uruguay.