Qatar 2022 World Cup Qualifier: Merciless Brazil Rout Bolivia 5-0

  • Firmino scores brace as Neymar shines

Liverpool’s forward, Roberto Firmino was in exciting form on Friday night scoring a brace as Brazil showed no mercy walloping Bolivia 5-0 in their first match of 2020 in Sao Paulo.

Coach Adenor Leonardo Bacchi, popularly called ‘Tite’, could not have asked for more as his men ran riot to ease past the visitors in an emphatic all round display.

The match, which flagged off their CONMEBOL 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign, had the Selecao barely breaking any sweat in outclassing the Bolivians; courtesy of Firmino’s two goals, while Marquinhos and Philippe Coutinho were also on target, with a gifted own goal from Jose Carrasco completing the rout.

The South American powerhouse had not played since their 3-0 win over South Korea in a November 2019 friendly with the coronavirus pandemic forcing all World Cup qualifying matches to be postponed in March 2020.

However, the Selecao did not look like a team playing together for the first time in 2020. They outrightly dominated proceedings from the outset and should have been two goals up inside three minutes.

But Everton and Marquinhos wasted golden opportunities in the pouring Sao Paulo rain. In the 16th minute, Marquinhos, who glanced a header wide in the third minute, made up for his error as he got on the end of a Danilo cross and headed powerfully past Bolivia goalkeeper Carlos Lampe to open the scoring.

The visiting Bolivians, who could not match their Brazilian counterparts’ pace, almost conceded again after Coutinho’s shot atop the penalty area took a wicked deflection and skidded off the turf, forcing Lampe into a fine diving save.

Not surprising therefore as Bolivia’s non-existent defending was further exposed when Renan Lodi made an unmarked run and whipped a ball across the six-yard box for Firmino to simply tap home.

Brazil continued where they left off in the second half after Firmino netted within four minutes of the restart – Neymar playing a ball to his team-mate, who routinely poked home.

Weverton, playing in the absence of injured number one goalkeeper Alisson, had nothing to do until he was called into action by Bruno Miranda’s rising shot in the 50th minute.

But the impressive Brazilians showed no mercy as Carrasco deflected the ball into his own net after the hour mark, before Neymar provided the cross for the onrushing Coutinho to head home emphatically with 17 minutes remaining.

What does it mean? Brazil dance to their own beat

Brazil took to the field for the first time in almost a year and the South American giants did not look off the pace, unlike rivals Argentina on Thursday. Albeit against weaker opposition, Brazil kicked off their road to Qatar 2022 in ruthless fashion.

Neymar pulls the strings

The Paris Saint-Germain superstar was not on the scoresheet, but he produced a great performance. After shaking off a back problem, Neymar was at the heart of Brazil’s big moments, providing a pair of assists in his 102nd international appearance.

Sorry Bolivia

It was always going to be an uphill task for South America’s whipping boys. Beaten 3-0 by Brazil in their last meeting at the 2019 Copa America, the Bolivians rarely threatened as they were pegged back in their own half for most of the contest.

What’s next?

The Selecao will face Peru on Tuesday, while battered Bolivia play host to Lionel Messi’s Argentina on the same day – With reports

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