Bo­livia

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORT -

Asked about the re­ac­tion of fans in the post-match press con­fer­ence, Tite held the tears and looked above as he re­peated “thank you”.

Af­ter vic­to­ries over Ecuador, Colom­bia and Bo­livia, Brazil is sec­ond in the ta­ble with 18 points, one be­hind lead­ers Uruguay. Bo­livia is ninth with seven points.

“We feel that the at­mos­phere here has changed for the bet­ter,” right-back Dani Alves said at the end of the match, with­out men­tion­ing Tite’s pre­de­ces­sor, Dunga.

BLEED­ING FORE­HEAD

Barcelona star Ney­mar de­liv­ered a great per­for­mance in the 65 min­utes he was on the pitch be­fore he left with a bleed­ing fore­head caused by a Bo­li­vian el­bow. He scored the open­ing goal, re­peat­edly drib­bled through Bo­livia’s de­fense, ir­ri­tated the op­po­si­tion but also picked his third yel­low card, which sus­pends him from Tues­day’s clash against Venezuela, in Merida.

Ney­mar’s goal was the 300th of his ca­reer, ac­cord­ing with the Brazil­ian Foot­ball Con­fed­er­a­tion. These fig­ures in­clude all those he scored for Brazil, San­tos and Barcelona as a pro­fes­sional since 2009. He also sur­passed mid­fielder Zico as the 4th top goalscorer in Brazil’s his­tory. Now Ney­mar only trails Ro­mario (56), Ron­aldo (67) and Pele (95). The Barcelona star is 24 years-old.

No Lionel Messi meant no party for Ar­gentina at Peru. Af­ter lead­ing twice, Ar­gentina con­ceded a late goal to the hosts, which re­sulted in a draw. New coach Edgardo Bauza strug­gled to make his mid­field more flu­ent and Manch­ester City’s striker Ser­gio Aguero failed to lead the team in Messi’s ab­sence. Ar­gentina’s goals were scored by Funes Mori (15) and Gon­zalo Higuain (77). Peru ini­tially equalised through Paolo Guer­rero (58) and again with a penalty con­verted by Chris­tian Cueva. Now Ar­gentina is 5th in the stand­ings with 16 points, the same as Ecuador and Colom­bia.

South Amer­i­can qual­i­fy­ing leader Uruguay was not sur­prised by last­place Venezuela in Mon­te­v­ideo and won 3-0 in con­vinc­ing fash­ion.

We feel that the at­mos­phere here has changed for the bet­ter.

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