After a 4-0 win over Bolivia in La Paz on Tuesday, Brazil kept their unbeaten qualification record for the 2022 World Cup intact.
Lucas Paqueta, Richarlison, and Bruno Guimaraes scored first-half goals at the famously difficult Estadio Hernando Siles.
Tite’s side were far from dominant without the likes of Neymar, Casemiro, Vinicius Junior, and Fred, but they did enough to earn their 14th win in 17 games.
Though Brazil’s qualifying is not yet complete, with their postponed game against Argentina slated to be rescheduled, the match with their arch rivals will most likely be little more than a glorified friendly as both sides prepare for the championships in Qatar.
In the first 20 minutes, the hosts had the best chance, with Henry Vaca cutting inside on Marquinhos and firing straight at Allisson.
They were made to pay only moments later, when Paqueta, a Lyon player, played a one-two with Guimaraes before coolly finishing with only Ruben Cordano to beat in the Bolivian goal, in the 24th minute.
Richarlison doubled the lead right before halftime with a straightforward tap-in. When Brazil took control, Fabinho drove up the pitch, and Antony found the Everton attacker free at the back post to provide the assist.
In the altitude of La Paz, it wasn’t all clear skies for the Selecao, with Alisson put into action again in the 52nd minute to keep away Ramiro Vaca’s deflected shot.
Only two minutes later, Alisson was forced to scramble after Henry Vaca delivered a dangerous cross to the back post for his namesake, who was unable to get a foot on the ball for what would have been a definite goal.
When given the chance, Brazil was ruthless, and Guimaraes made it three in the 66th minute after another rapid counter, volleying home a first-time volley after good work from Gabriel Martinelli.
After a Guimaraes dash below the defensive line, Richarlison completed the scoring with a fast throw-in during injury time, following up Rodrygo’s original effort.
Source: livescore news