Brazil thrashes Uruguay 6-0

Brazil hammered Uruguay 6-0 on Saturday in the closing match of

South American qualfiying for the Under-20 World Cup.

Three goals from Lucas, two from Neymar and another from Danilo

completed the rout.

The victory earned Brazil a berth at the 2012 London Olympics.

Uruguay had already earned the second spot from regional

qualifying. In addition, Brazil Uruguay, Argentina and Ecuador

earned places in the Under-20 World Cup which will be played later

this year in Colombia.

In Saturday’s two other matches to wrap up the four-week long

tournament, Argentina defeated Colombia 2-0 with goals from Facundo

Ferreyra and Bruno Zucilini. Ecuador defeated Chile 1-0 with a goal

by Dixon Arroyo.

Brazil finished with 12 points from five matches in the

second-round phase of the tournament. Uruguay ended with 10 points

followed by Argentina with nine, Ecuador with eight, Chile with

three and Colombia with one.

Neymar, the 19-year-old star at Brazilian club Santos, led the

tournament with nine goals and will be under increasing pressure to

make a rich transfer to a high-profile European club.

Argentina won gold in the last two Olympics Games in Athens and

Beijing, but will miss out this time. Argentine coach Walter

Perazzo tried to put a brave face on being excluded from

London.

”We achieved the main goal, which was the (U20) World Cup,” he

said.