Amid a doable participant revolt, Brazil beat Ecuador 2-Zero to win its fifth consecutive match in South American World Cup qualifying.
It now leads the round-robin match with 15 factors, 4 forward of second-place Argentina. It seems all however sure that Brazil will qualify for 4 direct spots for Qatar 2022.
Richarlison opened the scoring within the 65th minute on Friday on the Beira-Rio stadium in Porto Alegre and Neymar added the second from the spot in added time. Each targets had been celebrated with the whole group across the coach.
However a disaster looms over the group since its nation was appointed as host of Copa America. Gamers prompt on Friday that they aren’t prepared to play the match at residence as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to kill hundreds of Brazilians per day. Greater than 470,000 have died up to now.
Tite’s post-match press convention was one of many group’s most anticipated in years after he spent the day listening to rumors he may resign earlier than Copa America begins.
The coach admitted on Thursday his gamers had mentioned with the president of the Brazilian soccer confederation (CBF), Rogerio Caboclo, whether or not they need to play the continental match. A closing reply on the difficulty is predicted for after the match towards Paraguay on Tuesday.
Copa America was initially scheduled to be co-hosted by Colombia and Argentina. Two weeks in the past, Colombia was pressured to withdraw due to social unrest. And this previous week, Argentina declined to host it due to an identical worsening of the pandemic.
Midfielder Casemiro, who was prevented from talking to media on Thursday, stated after Friday’s win towards Ecuador that “the gamers’ place could be very clear. Extra clear than that is unimaginable for now.”
“We wish to communicate after the match towards Paraguay as a result of we don’t wish to lose our focus,” the group captain stated.
“That is the World Cup for us.”
The midfielder added any resolution “will come from all” Brazil gamers. Native media stated earlier that footballers of European golf equipment had been main the cost to not play in Copa America.