World Cup Qualifiers: Firmino’s double inspires Brazil to a thumping win against Bolivia

Brazil Team

The Brazilians have thrashed Bolivia 5-0 in their opening game of the World Cup Qualifiers.

Brazil’s World Cup qualifying campaign is off and running with a comprehensive win against Bolivia.

Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino scored a brace while Philippe Coutinho and Marquinhos also found the scoresheet.

Marquinhos opened the scoring after a well-worked set-piece from Danilo. Firmino doubled up the lead at the half-hour mark, benefitting from Renan Lodi’s inch-perfect cross. 

The Liverpool striker completed his brace shortly after the start of the second half, this time it was Neymar who provided the assist.

Neymar, who despite not finding the score sheet, added another assist to Philippe Coutinho’s goal in the 73rd minute.

The PSG forward was found hectic through the game, but he was unfortunate to not register a goal. The 28-year-old came close in the second half with a brilliant solo run, leaving the opponent defenders bamboozled with his dribbling skills.

Coutinho also had a good game to remember as he translated the form he had with Barcelona. The Blaugrana midfielder provided the creative edge throughout the game and was found comfortable operating in a three-man midfield.

Everton Ribeiro came off the bench in the second half, marking his return to the national team after a long while. Real Madrid winger Rodrygo also got his minutes. Douglas Luiz starred in the midfield alongside skipper Casemiro.

It was a comfortable victory overall for Tite’s men, and they will look to repeat it against Peru next week.