Im­pres­sive Brazil thump

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORT -

BNATAL, Brazil (AP): RAZIL MAIN­TAINED its mo­men­tum in South Amer­ica’s World Cup qual­i­fiers by thrash­ing Bo­livia 5-0 on Thurs­day, stay­ing a point be­hind Uruguay, which stayed on top af­ter de­feat­ing Venezuela.

Else­where, Copa Amer­ica cham­pi­ons Chile sank even lower af­ter los­ing 3-0 to Ecuador, while Colom­bia man­aged to beat Paraguay away 1-0 with a goal in the dy­ing min­utes. An Ar­gentina team miss­ing star Lionel Messi man­aged a draw at Peru.

“Ole, ole, ole, ole ... Tite! Tite!” It had been ages since a Brazil coach had the plea­sure of be­ing hailed as a hero by fans. But that hap­pened on Thurs­day to Ade­nor Bacchi, uni­ver­sally known as Tite, only three games af­ter get­ting the job and win­ning his third con­sec­u­tive match for Brazil. Nearly all 30,000 sup­port­ers at the Arena das Du­nas in sunny Natal, in the coun­try’s North­east, sounded ex­cited about the 55-year-old from the be­gin­ning to the end of the ham­mer­ing of the Bo­li­vians.

The goals were scored by Ney­mar (10), Philippe Coutinho (25), Filipe Luis (38), Gabriel Je­sus (44) and Roberto Firmino (75). Brazil’s goal­keeper, Al­i­son barely touched the ball dur­ing the en­tire game.

Brazil’s Ney­mar (cen­tre) fights for the ball with Bo­livia’s Ron­ald Raldes (right) dur­ing a 2018 World Cup qual­i­fy­ing match in Natal, Brazil, Thurs­day. Brazil won 5-0.

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