*• Brazil through with four games to spare • Five-time champions the first team to join hosts Russia • Maintains unique record of having competed at every edition *
Brazil have become the second nation to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ after a 3-0 home win over Paraguay on Tuesday in Sao Paulo.
The five-time world champions achieved their goal with four matches to spare and join hosts Russia for next year’s global showpiece.
Philippe Coutinho scored a first-half opener against Paraguay, with Neymar and Marcelo adding insurance in the second period.
The victory, combined with a stunning 4-1 win over Uruguay last week, sees Brazil open up a nine-point gap over Colombia.
The top four South American nations will feature at Russia 2018, with the fifth to play-off against an Oceania opponent.
Brazil are the only nation to compete in every edition of the World Cup.