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International round-up: Willian sets Brazil on their way to easy win over Peru

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In the final bit of Tuesday's international action, the American continent got into the swing of things with a full slate of 2018 World Cup qualifying both in CONCACAF and in CONMEBOL.  It's the latter we're most interested in, thanks to Brazil and their wonderful Chelsea man, Willian.  They were taking on Peru, and while there are no easy games in South American internationals, Brazil were expected to win this one fairly easily.  Perhaps easy is an overstatement, but it was a straightforward enough performance, with plenty of credit due to young Alisson in goal, and a 3-0 win for the famous yellow shirts.

As has been the case for well over a year now, Willian took his customary spot on the right wing, giving Brazil a juicy front three alongside Neymar and Douglas Costa.  While Neymar hasn't really been himself during this international break — perhaps distracted by his issues with taxes and the law, which apparently may force him to leave Spain (?) — the freely interchanging two wide men, both once of Shakhtar Donetsk, interestingly enough, ruled the day.  Here's the Chelsea man setting up the Bayern man (who could've very easily been a Chelsea man, too, *sadface*) for Brazil's opening goal.

That quick step to the right kills the unsuspecting chumps in defense every time.  Notice what a positive run into the box, to take advantage of a low cross or a cutback, can accomplish, too.  It's this latter part Chelsea have been struggling with so much this season, even when we have managed to get behind the fullbacks.

Douglas Costa then created the next two Brazilian goals, first beating half the Peruvian team before laying off for Renato Augusto to score his first ever goal for the Selecão, then seeing his shot blocked by the goalkeeper straight into the path of ex-Chelsea man Filipe Luis to seal the deal with 15 minutes to go.

Willian played most of the match before making way for a five-minute cameo from Oscar.  A bit further north, Chelsea loanee Michael Hector completed another 90 minutes for Jamaica as they beat Haiti 1-0.  And with that, the international break has concluded.

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