The Selecao's perfect start to World Cup Qualifying came to an end as they were held to a goalless draw by Colombia in the first halt of their Qatar 2022 drive.
Despite having 63 percent of the ball, Brazil only managed five shots on target in a lacklustre attacking display, but happily for Tite, the outcome hasn't hurt their qualifying chances.
Indeed, Brazil remains in first place with 28 points out of a potential 30, six points ahead of Argentina, with only three goals surrendered in their first ten games, which is obviously the best defensive record in CONMEBOL Qualifications.
Twenty-two goals scored at the right end of the pitch is also a continental record, but Brazil's attacking forces cannot afford another off day as they had against Colombia, or their top-ranked position would be jeopardized.
While the draw with Colombia was disappointing in the broader scope of things, they have now gone 27 games without losing in World Cup Qualifying since losing 2-0 to Chile in October 2015, and they are on a 10-game unbeaten run at home.
Over the weekend, Uruguay became the latest victims of a record-breaking Lionel Messi strike, as the Argentine's 38th-minute opener for his side saw him achieve something no other male South American footballer had done before him: he became the first player in history to score 80 goals for his country.
The six-time Ballon d'Or winner's strike came before Rodrigo de Paul and Lautaro Martinez both scored to seal a 3-0 victory for the Copa America champions over Uruguay, who may be looking over their shoulders after their recent failures.
Oscar Tabarez's side is just barely holding on to the fourth and final automatic qualification spot after winning just two of their past eight World Cup Qualifying matches, while fifth-placed Colombia is only one point behind their continental rivals.
Tabarez's team is also on a three-game losing streak away from home in World Cup Qualifying, with draws with Venezuela and Peru before the loss to Argentina, and they have only won two of their 13 away games in qualification since 2015.
Uruguay hasn't beaten Brazil in any competition since 2001, and the hosts have won seven of their last eight meetings with La Celeste in all competitions, including a 2-0 victory in their first qualifying match in November.
Uruguay has struggled on the road in recent years, while Brazil will be eager to recover from Sunday's setback. Brazil, in my opinion, will win this match.
Kickoff Time: This match will be played on Friday at 1:30 AM Nigerian time.
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