Manchester United midfielder Fred played 45 minutes for Brazil in their World Cup qualifying match against Paraguay.

Fred was among the starters as Brazil secured an impressive 2-0 away victory.

This was the second game in a row Fred has started for Brazil since earning his first recall since 2018.

Brazil won with goals from Neymar and Lucas Paqueta.

After the game, Fred wrote on Instagram: “Excellent victory away from home. Difficult game in which our whole group had a great performance. We are going strong in pursuit of our goal.”

Booking ends Fred’s night early, again

Brazil boss Tite wanted to take no chances after Fred picked up a yellow card. He must have been watching United’s game against PSG last season.

Against Ecuador on Saturday Fred was substituted after 62 minutes after picking up a first half booking.

 

In this latest win over Paraguay Fred picked up a yellow card in the 43rd minute and was substituted at half-time.

Fred had been effective, completing 88 per cent of his passes, also creating two goalscoring chances. He made 40 touches in 45 minutes.

He also made six ball recoveries and won one tackle, and dribbled past an opponent once.

Against Ecuador on Saturday Fred was substituted after 62 minutes after picking up a first half booking.
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While he would have liked to complete the game, Brazil made a sensible call at 1-0 up to change things around. His replacement Lucas Paqueta scored the second goal in second half injury time.

Brazil sit 10 points clear at the top of the Conmebol qualifier and their place at World Cup 2022 looks guaranteed.

Now the squad turn their attention to the Copa America, which is scheduled to begin in Brazil next week, BBC Sport report, despite claims of a player boycott.

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