Brazil top the qualifying table after seeing off Bolivia 4-0. The visitors were 2-0 up at the break thanks to Paqueta’s slotted finish and Richarlison’s tap-in.
Bolivia could have been level at the start of the second half if not for Alisson, who made a couple of great saves to deny Moreno and Ramiro Vaca.
Guimaraes then volleyed Brazil out of sight with a beautiful finish before Richarlison tapped another one in from close range in stoppage time to round it off.
BOLIVIA STARTING XI (5-4-1): Riben Cordano;
Jairo Quinteros, Gabriel Villamil, Jose Carrasco, Jose Sagredo, Roberto Fernandez;
Jeyon Chura, Moises Villarroel, Henry Vaca, Jose Herrera; Marcelo Moreno.
BRAZIL STARTING XI (4-2-3-1): Alisson;
Dani Alves, Eder Militao, Marquinhos, Alex Telles;
Fabinho, Bruno Guimaraes; Antony, Philippe Coutinho, Lucas Paqueta; Richarlison.
PAQUETA SCORES! It’s a lovely goal from Brazil! It’s knocked back to Guimaraes, and he makes a great run straight through the middle. He holds off Carrasco long enough to slide the ball, through Sagredo’s legs, into Paqueta, and he coolly slots his shot under Cordano and into the bottom corner. 1-0 Brazil.
RICHARLISON SCORES! Bolivia is all over the place at the back, and Brazil make them pay! Fabinho played it out to Antony on the right, and he went for a goal when it cut inside. However, it takes a deflection off Sagredo on its way through his legs, and Richarlison is waiting at the far post to tap it in. 2-0 Brazil.
GUIMARAES SCORES! And what a finish it is! Martinelli is fouled on the edge of the D, but the referee allows play to carry on. Paqueta chips a superb cross into the far post, and Guimaraes volleys his shot out of Cordano’s reach into the top corner. 3-0, Brazil.
RICHARLISON SCORES AGAIN! Guimaraes does well to get in front of Sagredo before pulling it back for Arthur on the right of the box. He hits a low shot on the turn, and Cordano gets down well to push it away. Richarlison is waiting at the far post again, and he gets his second tap-in of the game. 4-0 Brazil.
So, what’s next?
Brazil’s third 4-0 victory on the bounce as they extend their unbeaten run in qualifying.
They’ve secured the top spot in the table, with one game to spare.
They still have the rescheduled game with Argentina ahead of them.
Bolivia lost their last four on the bounce and finished in ninth.
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