Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino scored a brace to assist Brazil in thrashing Bolivia 5-0 of their opening FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers match on Friday.
Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho and Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos had been additionally there on the scoresheet on the empty Corinthians Area in Sao Paulo.
The lackadaisical Bolivia crew virtually confirmed no signal of intent and allowed Brazil to run a rout. Brazil had the prospect to go 1-0 up in simply the fourth minute of the match earlier than Marquinhos headed off-target the cross from Everton.
Brazil’s sturdy push paid the dividends within the sixteenth minute because the PSG defender didn’t make a second mistake and headed residence full-back Danilo’s cross from an identical place.
Bolivia couldn’t get out of their half and didn’t take management of the possession as properly, whereas Coutinho and Everton created a slew of possibilities down Brazil’s left.
Even a downpour couldn’t halt Brazil’s momentum as Coutinho pressured a diving save from Bolivian keeper Carlos Lampe.
The previous Bayern Munich participant, staying true to his present kind, then discovered Firmino who took Brazil 2-0 up in thirtieth minute.
At instances it appeared like a handball recreation with Brazil camped on the sting of Bolivia’s field, and the guests retaining 10 males behind the ball always.
However on the half hour, left-back Renan Lodi received in behind the defence and his cross from the left was turned residence from barely a yard out by Firmino.
Lampe made a high-quality one-handed save from a Casemiro free-kick after which smothered an in depth vary end by Neymar.
If there have been nonetheless any doubts Brazil would stroll to victory, they had been dispelled three minutes into the second interval when a chic cross from Neymar offered Firmino with a tap-in from six yards.
On 65 minutes, a cross from Coutinho flew into the online off the unfortunate Jose Carrasco’s chest.
Coutinho then received on the scoresheet heading residence a cross from Neymar from six yards.
Neymar’s makes an attempt to hitch retired nice Ronaldo as Brazil’s second highest scorer of all time had been pissed off by an offside flag and an damage time save by Lampe.
With inputs from AFP (accessed by way of PTI)