Brazil, having confirmed a place at the 2022 World Cup long ago, heads into its last CONMEBOL road qualifier of the cycle looking to complete an unbeaten away qualifying campaign as it visits Bolivia.
Through 16 games played, Brazil has won 13 and drawn three, giving the Selecao 42 points which leaves them four ahead of second-placed Argentina. The two nations have absolutely dominated South American qualifying, both unbeaten and both confirming a spot in the World Cup months ago. They are set to meet at a date yet to be determined to make up a suspended September 2021 qualifier.
Tite has chosen to rotate the squad, with a number of world-class players on the bench, displaying Brazil’s might. Casemiro, Thiago Silva, Fred, and Gabriel Martinelli all start the match on the sidelines, with Man United’s Alex Telles at left-back and Richarlison starting up front.
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For Bolivia, no World Cup place is in the nation’s future this winter as the team has won just four of its 17 qualifying matches. The nation finished the 2021 calendar year with three wins in four, but it was too little too late, and four losses to begin 2022 have compounded to send the team into ninth in the qualifying table.
Sporting News will be following the match live and providing score updates, commentary and highlights as they happen.
Bolivia vs. Brazil live score
24th min — BRA — Lucas Paqueta (Guimaraes)
45th min — BRA — Richarlison (Antony)
67th min — BRA — Bruno Guimaraes (Paqueta)
(All times Eastern)
67th min: GOAL, Brazil! Goodness, Brazil is SO lethal. Gabriel Martinelli, just on the pitch as Brazil’s first substitute, picks Franz Gonzales’s pocket and while Gonzales recovers with a great tackle, the ball trickles to Paqueta who loops a perfect ball to Guimaraes as those two connect again. Guimaraes finishes easily, and Brazil is running away. So harsh for Bolivia, but Jose Carrasco is at fault here, completely falling asleep on Gonzales’s tackle, and defensive lapses are punished every time against this top Brazil side.
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Acho que gostamos dessa parceria Paquetá com Bruno Guimarães . Arrebentaram hoje
— Amanda Kestelman (@amanda_kest) March 30, 2022
63rd min: There’s a VAR check for a pair of handball claims from the Brazil attack. They’d both be very harsh. One hit the arm of a Bolivian defender while on the ground as he was simply supporting his body and his back was to the ball, while the other hit a Bolivian defender whose arm was tucked in next to his chest. The referee waves play on, the correct decision.
58th min: Bolivia showed fight in the first half, but since the break, they’ve been flat out the better team. Brazil is on its heels and absorbing pressure, unable to get out of its own half.
53rd min: CHANCE, Bolivia! It is truly stunning that Bolivia hasn’t found the back of the net yet. Alisson somehow saves a deflected shot by Ramiro Vaca from the top of the box despite being wrong-footed by the deflection, and the follow-up is over the bar from Fernandez. Another wonderful chance goes begging.
52nd min: Dani Alves nearly finds himself with a glorious goal, but Bolivian goalkeeper Ruben Cordano leaps up and catches the looped ball with his fingertips, preventing it from reaching far corner.
47th min: CHANCE, Bolivia! The hosts are right to the attack off the second-half whistle, and a really good header by Marcelo Martin off a corner forces an even better save by Alisson. The header was from a good distance out, but the power nearly caught Alisson off guard, who dives to the left to save well.
46th min: Back under way for the second half. Bolivia has made a trio of changes, likely scheduled ahead of time as Bolivia looks to rebuild its squad for next World Cup cycle. Jose Herrera, Gabriel Villamil, and Jeyson Chura all come out, making way for Ramiro Vaca, Yesit Martinez Salazar, and Franz Gonzales.
HALFTIME: Bolivia 0-2 Brazil
The hosts have been worth good money in the first 45 minutes, but wastefulness up front has resulted in a two-goal deficit. Brazil, in contrast, looked awkward and uncomfortable at times, but the visitors have taken both their chances. That’s the difference in this match, and Brazil continues its march towards an unbeaten qualifying campaign.
Richarlison may be struggling for Everton, and even has bad moments with Brazil, but he’s providing the finishing touch when given the chance for his country. He now has four goals in his last five international matches.
Richarlison em seus últimos 5 jogos pela seleção:
Uruguai 0 x 2 Brasil ⚽️
Brasil 2 x 0 Equador ⚽️
Paraguai 0 x 2 Brasil
Brasil 4 x 0 Chile ⚽️
Bolívia 0 x 2 Brasil ⚽️ (1º tempo)
— Rodolfo Rodrigues (@rodolfo1975) March 30, 2022
45th min: GOAL, Brazil! Another missed opportunity for the hosts, another goal for the visitors. Antony, who has been influential in this match, is free down the right and delivers a pinpoint low cross to Richarlison in front of net, who snuck in unnoticed off the back shoulder of young Jairo Quinteros. Bolivia rues a missed opportunity on the attacking end, and it results in disaster at the back. Rinse, repeat.
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43rd min: CHANCE, Bolivia! Vaca embarrasses Militao on the right wing and is subsequently bundled over from behind by the Real Madrid defender. It’s somewhat surprising that doesn’t produce a yellow card, as Vaca was free to run into the penalty area before the foul.
It’s a good chance from the free kick, and somehow Bolivia can’t find the back of the net, despite the fact Alisson spills the chance. Another big opportunity for Bolivia is gone!
Vaca escangalhou a defesa do Plaza Colonia na Libertadores. O ponta-direita do The Strongest é o melhor jogador da Bolívia hoje.
— Bernardo Ramos (@Bernardoramosal) March 29, 2022
38th min: A minute-long stretch which sums up the last 10 minutes of this match. First, down the right, Bolivia attacks but a feed to spring the hosts is out of reach of Vaca. Then, down the other end, Brazil sees a good chance fizzle out when a heavy touch by Coutinho in the box gives the ball away. Sloppy sloppy sloppy.
36th min: After Brazil’s goal, the game has devolved somewhat, with both teams sloppy in midfield, and both teams settling for low-quality shots from very far away. Antony has the latest for Brazil, which misses by some margin. Bolivia has threatened on occasion but has not worked any quality chances since the Vaca miss.
24th min: GOAL, Brazil! Just like that, Bolivia is punished for the miss. Bruno Guimaraes, who is in great form with Newcastle, absolutely bulldozes his way through the heart of the Bolivian defense, and he just needs one pass to spring Paqueta for the finish.
Beautiful passing and a beautiful run
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Paqueta doesn’t have Guimaraes at Lyon anymore, but the two still clearly have a connection up front.
2 – Dos de los últimos tres goles de Lucas Paquetá fueron asistidos por Bruno Guimarães; hoy ante Bolivia y en enero pasado con Lyon ante PSG en Ligue 1. Complicidad. pic.twitter.com/sUkTgELVTD
— OptaJavier (@OptaJavier) March 30, 2022
21st min: CHANCE, Bolivia! Oh no, the hosts HAVE to score there! It’s a devastating miss! As Brazil just plays it along the back line, Marquinhos totally whiffs at settling a back-pass, and it’s snatched away by Henry Vaca. The 24-year-old does so so well to free himself as he attacks a stunned Brazilian defense, but after doing all the hard work, his finish is extremely poor and he fires it right at Alisson who saves low. That should have been the opening goal, on a shot that will surely garner a huge expected goals number reflecting the quality of the chance.
17th min: Brazilian defenders have been paying a lot of attention to Bolivian leading scorer Marcelo Moreno at the head of the attack, and that has opened things up out wide for the hosts, to some success.
— Raphael Zarko (@raphazarko) March 29, 2022
In the attack, Brazil looks a bit out of sync. Paqueta tries to find Antony on a counter, but it’s hit out of play. Brazil can’t seem to put it together in the attacking third, and it’s resulted in a ton of passes along the defensive back line for the visitors, with very little actual buildup.
14th min: CHANCE, Bolivia! The hosts have popped up in the attacking third on occasion, and this time it ends in a shot. Breaking on a counter after Antony’s chance on the other end, and wing-back Roberto Fernandez has a go, but Alisson gets down to his right to save.
13th min: CHANCE, Brazil! Antony takes a shot from a tight angle down the right, having been fed in by Coutinho, but it’s wide right. The first chance for either side, but ultimately no issues.
7th min: YOWCH. A heavy tackle comes flying in from Bolivian defender Jose Carrasco on Lucas Paqueta. It’s legal though, a very good one.
6th min: Bolivian attackers are pressing Brazil defenders on the ball…sort of. It’s a weird one. They’re lurking high and ready to pounce on bad passes, but they’re hanging back without actually presenting a direct challenge to Brazilian players on the ball, possibly afraid of being caught out by Brazil passing.
In the attack, Brazil is having Richarlison shade to the left side
4th min: Philippe Coutinho goes for glory, shooting from miles out, nearly 40 yards. It’s not close, unclear what the Aston Villa man saw there.
2nd min: Alex Telles delivers an excellent long ball to spring Richarlison, but the Everton man, who has struggled of late with his club, cannot latch onto the ball and it disappointingly goes over the end line.
1st min: Kickoff! Brazil has one more rescheduled match to go against Argentina, whose date has not been determined, but that will be a formailty, so for all intents and purposes this is each side’s final match in World Cup qualifying!
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7:12 p.m.: No Neymar tonight for Brazil, as he’s suspended after picking up a yellow card against Chile last time out. Brazil is still a formidable opponent without the PSG winger, but the quality definitely drops without him.
77% – Brazil’s win percentage when Neymar featured under Tite is 77%, compared to 67% when he was missing. Suspended. pic.twitter.com/ULwR47tJss
— OptaJoao (@OptaJoao) March 29, 2022
6:30 p.m.: Real Madrid is cheering its three Brazilians on tonight, but only one of them make the starting lineup as Tite has opted for rotation in the final qualifier of the cycle. Eder Militao starts at the back alongside PSG’s Marquinhos, but Casemiro and Rodrygo are both on the bench.
— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) March 29, 2022
Bolivia vs. Brazil lineups
With Bolivia out of World Cup qualifying, the South American nation is going through a transitional period, seemingly moving on from established veterans like Marcelo Moreno, Juan Carlos Arce, and Rodrigo Ramallo not in the squad.
However, Moreno was recalled into the starting lineup for this match, taking his usual place atop the attack.
Bolivia starting lineup (3-5-2): Cordano (GK) — Fernandez, Sagredo, Carrasco, Villamil, Quinteros — Herrera, H. Vaca, Villarroel, Chura — Moreno.
Bolivia subs (11): Menacho, Cuellar, J. Garcia, Gonzales, Lima, Y. Martinez, R. Vaca, Demiquel, S. Reyes, Supaybe, Gutierrez, Viscarra.
Neymar is back from his injury and took part in Brazil’s win over Chile last time out, but picked up a yellow card and is suspended.
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Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson retains his place, while Newcastle midfielder Bruno Guimaraes earns a start alongside Liverpool’s Fabinho. Everton’s Richarlison starts up front despite poor club form.
Brazil starting lineup (4-3-3): Alisson (GK) — Telles, Marquinhos, Militao, Alves — Guimaraes, Fabinho — Paqueta, Coutinho, Antony — Richarlison.
Brazil subs (11): Martinelli, Rodrygo, Casemiro, Arthur, Fred, Garana, Danilo, Thiago Silva, Felipe, Everson, Aderbar Santos.
How to watch Bolivia vs. Brazil
- Date: Tuesday, Mar. 29
- Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
- TV Channel: None
- Streaming: fuboTV
The Bolivia vs. Brazil match from Estadio Hernando Siles in La Paz, Bolivia is available in the United States exclusively on fuboTV.
Bolivia vs. Brazil betting lines and odds
- Moneyline: Bolivia +450 / Draw +290 / Brazil -155
- Spread: Brazil -1 (-135) / Brazil +1 (+120)
- O/U 2.5 total goals: Over -115 / Under +105
- Both teams to score: Yes -125 / No +100
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