CHILE’S tough start to its World Cup qualification has continued with a 3-0 loss to Ecuador.
The home team eased past Chile, with two first-half goals setting the tone for the win over the Copa America champions.
Antonio Valencia dominated, scoring one goal and playing a role in two others.
Valencia and Cristian Ramirez scored in the 19th and 23rd minute respectively before Felipe Caicedo made it three a minute into the second period.
The win sees Ecuador move into third on the standings on 16 points, while Chile are seventh with 11 points.
Brazil thumped Bolivia 5-0, scoring four first-half goals to secure the win early.
Neymar opened the scoring after just 10 minutes when he dispossessed Ronaldo Raldes on the halfway line and then worked a one-two with Gabriel Jesus, who left him with a simple tap in.
Philippe Coutinho doubled their lead 15 minutes later when he capitalised on great work from Giuliano and Dani Alves to poke home from close range. Filipe Luis started the move for the third in his own half and after feeding Neymar, got the return pass and slotted the ball inside Carlos Lampe’s near post.
Gabriel Jesus gave them a 4-0 lead two minutes before half time when he deftly chipped Neymar’s pass over Lampe.
Substitute Roberto Firmino scored the fifth from a corner after 75 minutes, meaning Brazil stay in second place in the 10-team South American qualifying group.
Meanwhile, an Argentina side missing Lionel Messi could only draw 2-2 with Peru, despite twice leading.
Ramiro Funes Mori’s 15th-minute goal gave Argentina a 1-0 lead at half time, before Paolo Guerrero equalised in the 58th.
Gonzalo Higuain looked to have secured a valuable three points away from home when he scored in the 77th minute but Christian Cueva converted an 84th-minute penalty to lock in a 2-2 draw for Peru.
Edinson Cavani was the star as Uruguay recorded a 3-0 win over Venezuela.
The win kept Uruguay on top of the group with 19 points — just one ahead of Brazil.
Nicolas Lodeiro headed home the opener in the 28th, then Cavani doubled Uruguay’s lead just seconds after half time, before adding a third in the 79th minute.
Colombia secured a 1-0 away win over Paraguay, with Edwin Carmona chipping home a winner in injury time.
SOUTH AMERICA WCQ RESULTS
Ecuador 3-0 Chile
Uruguay 3-0 Venezuela
Paraguay 0-1 Colombia
Brazil 5-0 Bolivia
Peru 2-2 Argentina