Brazil 3-0 Argentina: World Cup 2018 qualifier

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) " Memories of the biggest humiliation in Brazilian football and the return of Lionel Messi to Argentina were not enough to stop the five-time World Cup champions from beating their archrivals Thursday in South American qualifying for the World Cup.

The Brazilians won at Mineirao stadium, and they won comfortably " 3-0. There were no Brazilians in tears this time, unlike at the World Cup in 2014.

The lopsided victory over Argentina extended Brazil's successful streak under new coach Tite to five matches, giving the qualification leaders 24 points from 11 matches. Argentina has 16.

Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza finds himself in an even tougher position after the lackluster performance in Brazil. His team is remained in sixth place, outside the continent's four automatic spots at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.