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2018 WCQ: Suarez suspension advantage for Brazil - Casemiro

International Edition By: Collins Udeme | 20/03/2017


Real Madrid star Casemiro will visit Uruguay with Brazil on World Cup duty on Friday as the battle for 2018 World Cup ticket in Russia resumes in South America.

Casemiro who scored Real Madrid's winner at Athletic Bilbao on Saturday believes the absence of Luis Suarez will give the five-times champions an advantage in the top-of-the-table clash in Montevideo.

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Suarez who has scored 31 goals in 41 appearances for his club this season will miss the Brazil game after picking up a yellow card in Uruguay's last World Cup qualifier, a 3-1 defeat to Chile.

Casemiro admits the Barca striker's second yellow in eight games came at an opportune time for Brazil. Suarez missed the first four games of the South American qualifiers as part of a nine-game international ban imposed after biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini in the 2014 World Cup.

"We can't deny it, of course it's better playing Uruguay without Suarez. Suarez is a great player." the Real Madrid player said on Brazilian radio on Monday as quoted on Marca.

While Uruguay have won three of their first four qualifiers without Suarez and have continued their run of good form to sit second in the 10-team South American qualifying group with 23 points from 12 games, Brazil, who have won their last six qualifiers under new manager Tite, top the table with 27 points.

After the Uruguay game, Brazil face Paraguay in Sao Paulo five days later.