Create
Notifications

Uruguay 0-2 Brazil: 5 talking points as Copa America champions continue perfect start | 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers

Sachin Bhat
ANALYST

#3 Renan Lodi could solve Brazil's left-back woes

Renan Lodi's prolific start to his Brazil career shows that he could be their preferred left-back for a while.
Renan Lodi's prolific start to his Brazil career shows that he could be their preferred left-back for a while.

Atletico Madrid star Renan Lodi was superb at left-back against Uruguay, making another assist to bring his tally up to four for Brazil in just eight games.

While that's a resounding start to his international career, is he the long-term solution to Brazil's left-back woes?

Marcelo has been the undisputed choice in this position for a very long time. However, his rapid decline in recent years has seen the Real Madrid star banished into international exile since the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Moreover, another left-back, Alex Sandro, was also not called up to the Brazil squad this year.

This leaves Lodi with a bright chance to make the spot his own, and on current evidence, he's well on his way to do so. A defensively solid player, who constantly overlaps and is a great threat with his crossing ability, Lodi has all the makings of a top full-back.


#4 Uruguay struggle offensively once again

Uruguay left a lot to be desired in attack against Brazil.
Uruguay left a lot to be desired in attack against Brazil.

Luis Suarez's absence surely limited Uruguay's attacking prowess against Brazil, but it hasn't been too great even otherwise. Of the seven goals that the Skyblues have managed in the ongoing qualifying campaign so far, only three have come from open play; the rest have been spot kicks converted by the former Barcelona star.

Against Brazil, Oscar Tabarez's side failed to muster even a single shot on target from five attempts. They did have the ball in the back of the net in the second-half, but it was ruled offside. Darwin Nunez and Diego Godin both rattled the Brazil crossbar. Otherwise, Brazil were not troubled much.

This is quickly becoming a worrying theme for the 2011 Copa America champions, who've been uncharacteristically poor in attack for a while. And with Argentina up next in March followed by the Copa America in June, Uruguay must find their attacking rhythm sooner than later.


#5 Brazil are cruising towards another FIFA World Cup appearance

There's still 14 more games to go, but Brazil are already feeling confident about their qualification hopes.
There's still 14 more games to go, but Brazil are already feeling confident about their qualification hopes.

Well, their qualification for the mega tournament has never been in doubt, but the way Brazil are cruising towards another FIFA World Cup is really impressive. Having won all their four games so far, they're now the only side with a 100% record in the CONMEBOL zone, scoring 12 times and conceding just twice.

One might easily dismiss Brazil's victories against Bolivia, Venezuela and Peru as low-hanging fruits, but in reality, these were hard-earned wins. After their win over Uruguay, the Seleccao will feel confident heading into the next set of World Cup qualifying games against Colombia and Argentina in March next year.

Wrapping up the qualification campaign as soon as possible will allow Tite to give his fringe players a chance and to experiment with new formations. Brazil aim to defend their Copa America title next year as well as go all the way in Qatar.

PREVIOUS 2 / 2
Edited by Bhargav
Fetching more content...
App download animated image Get the free App now