Oct 9 (Reuters) – Brazil’s soccer team showed off all its might on Friday, beating the modest team from Bolivia 5-0 at home, at the close of the opening day of the South American qualifier for the Qatar World Cup in 2022.
A double by Roberto Firmino, Marquinhos, Philippe Coutinho and José Carrasco on their own fence sealed the victory for the “verdeamarela” in a match played at the Arena Corinthians stadium in São Paulo.
“Without a doubt the beginning is important, as a team it was played seriously and with respect for the other team,” Casemiro told television after the win.
Brazil took the initiative from the beginning and showed ample superiority in all sectors of the field, thus cornering Bolivia against its goal for most of the match.
The first fell in the 16th minute thanks to a header from Marquinhos, after a delivery from the right by Danilo.
Brazil, who did not lower the intensity and maintained the dominance at ease after opening the scoring, extended the difference at 30 minutes through Firmino.
Bolivian goalkeeper Carlos Lampe prevented Coutinho and Casemiro from a wider gap in the first half with two good saves.
In the complementary part, Bolivia advanced in the field in search of the discount, although Brazil did not delay in taking advantage of the spaces and converting the third goal in the 49th minute through Firmino, after an assist from Neymar.
The fourth goal fell in the 65th minute when defender José Carrasco scored on his own goal by deflecting a cross sent by Coutinho.
The five-time world champion team scored the fifth in the 73rd minute through Coutinho with new assistance from Neymar.
With the victory, Brazil leads the standings with three units, along with Argentina, Colombia and Uruguay, the other three teams that won on the first date of the tie.
In the next round, to be played on Tuesday, Brazil will visit Peru at the National Stadium in Lima, while Bolivia will host Argentina at the Hernando Siles in La Paz.
(Report by Ramiro Scandolo in Argentina. Edited by Carlos Calvo Pacheco in Mexico City.)