The mission aimed at Qatar World Cup started in style.
On October 9th, the Brazil won the Bolivia 5-0 at Neo Química Arena, in a match valid for the 1st round of the South American Qualifiers. Marquinhos, Roberto Firmino, twice, Rodrygo and Philippe Coutinho scored Canarinho’s goals.
The count, indeed, could have been higher. In a match marked by attack against defense, goalkeeper Carlos Lampe appeared with good defenses and prevented the defeat of Bolivia from being even worse.
With the result, Brazil assumed the leadership of the Qualifiers. As Colombia beat Venezuela 3-0 earlier, the team led by Tite takes the lead in the classification by the highest number on the goal difference. Bolivia, consequently, is the last place.
The two teams will play again next Tuesday, for the second round of the Qualifiers. At 5 pm (Brasília time), Bolivia faces Argentina at the Hernando Siles Stadium, in La Paz. Brazil enters the field at 9 pm to measure forces with Peru at the National Stadium in Lima.
Brazil wasted no time in attacking. After 40 seconds of play, Éverton wasted a real chance to score. Lampe released a cross from Renan Lodi and shirt 19, practically in front of the goal line, caught the ball badly. Minutes later, a header from Marquinhos passed close to the post. From the beginning, the canarian offensive momentum was present.
It was an attack against defense game. Bolivia, with absences, scored with five players within the area and hindered any advance of Brazil. In this scenario, Canarinho broke through La Verde in the only remaining way: in the dead ball. In a rehearsed corner play, Danilo crossed for Marquinhos, alone, to put it to the back of the net.
The match played out as a luxury training for the Brazilian team. Even taking his foot in the middle of the first half, Canarinho dominated possession of the ball and cornered Bolivia, with serious creation difficulties, on the field itself.
Such an offensive creation ended up becoming goals. In a move involving Renan Lodi, one of the main escape valves of the Brazilian scheme, he crossed for Roberto Firmino to stretch his foot and double the Brazilian advantage in the first half.The second half started in the same way as the first 45 minutes of the match. Without taking his foot off the accelerator, the count turned into a thrashing after three minutes. The Bolivian defense did not find Neymar, who took off and played for Roberto Firmino to score the second in the match and the third for Canarinho.
The fourth goal was scored with a little help from Bolivia. In a move created on the right side, Rodrygo deflected a cross, but the last to touch the ball was defender Carrasco, who put it against the net itself. In the scoresheet, the goal was confirmed for the Brazilian striker. Bolivia, knocked out, was looking for ways to avoid an even worse score. Brazil, with its leadership already guaranteed, was looking for ways to stay even more at the top. Neymar waited again on 28 minutes: this time, the crossing of shirt 10 found Philippe Coutinho as a surprise element inside the area to head.
Brazil did not stop. Even with the changes promoted by Tite, the green and yellow team remained pressing in high line and bothering Bolivia until the end. La Verde, however, managed to hold on. The score, however, was not due to satisfaction: 5-0 win.