News Live Scores

Brazil v Bolivia Live Commentary, 15/06/2019

FT
3 - 0
BRA
BOL
Philippe Coutinho (50 pen)
Philippe Coutinho (53)
Éverton (85)
Estádio Cícero Pompeu de Toledo (Morumbi)

Commentary

Up next for Brazil is a date with Venezuela on Tuesday, while Bolivia will take on Peru. That's all for our live coverage, thanks for following along. Goodbye!
Philippe Coutinho's quickfire double shortly after the restart helped Brazil cruise to a comfortable 3-0 win, with Everton applying the finishing touches late on, as the Selecao open their Copa America campaign in convincing fashion in Sao Paolo after a relatively frustrating first half.
90' + 4' FULL-TIME: BRAZIL 3-0 BOLIVIA.
90' + 2' Brazil have taken their foot off the gas, allowing Bolivia to play on the ball a bit more, but there's no way through for the visitors, who are still reluctant to commit too many bodies forward. Goal difference could come into play, so you can't blame them.
90' There will be four minutes added on at the end of this match, though they are little more than a formality at this point.
88' Smart save! Alisson is tested for the first time tonight, as Leonardo Vaca is picked out in space in the penalty area, but shoots straight at the Brazil keeper!
87' Brazil have won the Copa America on each of the previous four occasions they have hosted the tournament (1919, 1922, 1949 and 1989).
Fernandinho
Assist
Brazil
85' Fernandinho picks up a phantom assist, as that was all down to the individual brilliance of Everton.
Éverton
Goal
Brazil
85' HOW'S THAT FOR A FINISH?! Brazil lead 3-0 courtest of an absolute screamer from Everton, who has his first international goal in some style! He cuts inside onto his right foot, before bending a vicious strike into the far corner from 20 yards! Incredible.
Willian
Richarlison
Brazil
84' The final Brazil change sees Richarlison give way for Willian. That's all of the front three replaced now for the hosts.
Éverton
David Neres
Brazil
81' A loud applause rings out in the stadium as Neres makes his way off with Brazil's second change. He put in a lively display, really growing into the match as it wore on. Everton is on to take his place. It's a seventh cap for the Gremio man.
79' Brazil have lost only two of their 36 games under Tite (W29 D5), keeping 27 clean sheets, and conceding two or more goals in only one game (1-2 v Belgium, 2018 World Cup).
77' The training staff are forced to come out to attend to Thiago Silva, who lands awkwardly after winning yet another header from a corner. It's the third time tonight the centre-back has got on the end of a corner, but again he can't get the contact right as he heads straight at Lampe!
R. Vaca
R. Castro
Bolivia
75' A final change for Bolivia sees Ramiro Vaca replace Castro in attack.
73' Neres is really coming to life as he looks to get in on the fun. He takes up a good position in the penalty area as he's presented the ball in space for a shot, but just can't get a fierce left-footed effort through the crowd of bodies, before the ball is eventually poked behind for a goal kick.
71' It had to be better! Great play down the left flank by Neres sees him into space, and an even better cross is picked out as he finds the head of Richarlison at the far post. Instead of going for goal from in close, Richarlison opts to try and head the ball back into the centre of the box where three green shirts are waiting to see away the threat.
69' Bolivia have never kept a clean sheet against Brazil in 10 Copa America meetings (including tonight).
Philippe Coutinho
Yellow Card
Brazil
66' Coutinho's name goes into the book for a third time tonight, but it's not for his hat-trick goal. Instead he sees yellow for a bit of a dangerous challenge into the back of Leonardo Vaca, who has only just come on.
Gabriel Jesus
Roberto Firmino
Brazil
65' Tite goes to the bench for the first time and it's Jesus who comes on to lead the line for the final 25 minutes, with Firmino giving way in a straight swap.
L. Vaca
E. Saavedra
Bolivia
64' Bolivia's second change sees Leonardo Vaca replace Saavedra on the flank.
63' The tempo has slowed again, with Brazil in no rush to get forward anymore. They're still dominating possession, suffocating Bolivia as they pass it around patiently in the attacking half. This has to be frustrating for the visitors.
61' FEARLESS BLOCK! Brazil break three against two, with Richarlison leading the charge. The Everton man ignores Neres sprinting in space to his left as he opts to go at it alone, driving a fierce effort at goal from 20 yards, but Jusino bravely flings his body in front to get a crucial block in!
D. Wayar
F. Saucedo
Bolivia
59' A defensive change from Bolivia as Wayar, a holding midfielder, comes on to replace Saucedo, who was on a yellow, at the hour mark.
57' Brazil couldn't have drawn up a much better start to this second half. Tite showed patience and belief in his side by not making any changes at the interval, and they've rewarded him greatly. Coutinho's penalty relieved their frustrations, and his header has provided an exclamation point.
55' Coutinho has just his second brace for Brazil, his first coming when he scored a hat-trick against Haiti at the 2016 Copa America.
Roberto Firmino
Assist
Brazil
53' Firmino got his cross exactly right there, with the perfect pace and depth to it, just hanging it up for Coutinho to run onto the end of it.
Philippe Coutinho
Goal
Brazil
53' THAT'S TWO! Coutinho has a quickfire double and Brazil lead 2-0! Simple as can be from the hosts as Richarlison plays the ball out wide for Firmino, who dinks a delicious cross in towards the far post where Coutinho sprints to meet it, heading home into an empty net! Brazil are flying high now!
52' That's exactly what the doctor ordered for Brazil. The mood has quickly turned celebratory inside the stadium, and the pressure is off the hosts who had grown quite frustrated in that first half.
Philippe Coutinho
Penalty Goal
Brazil
50' BRAZIL LEAD! 1-0! Coutinho smashes home the first goal of the 2019 Copa America as he drills his penalty low and into the bottom corner, with Lampe unable to get close to it despite guessing the right way.
49' It's a penalty! No doubt about this one as the referee can clearly see Jusino's arm away from his body when it blocked Richarlison's shot, and Brazil will have a chance to snatch the breakthrough from the penalty spot!
48' PENALTY?! A Richarlison strike from inside the area appeared to strike the arm of Jusino, and the referee will check with VAR here to determine if Brazil should be awarded a spot kick. Massive moment here in the infant stages of the second half!
46' Bolivia get the second half underway!
Known for their tiki-taka football, Brazil have been a bit too cute at times in the first half. They could do with being a lot more direct in possession, with more movement off the ball also required. Tite won't be rushing to make any drastic changes, but if he doesn't see more from his side after the restart it might not be long before the likes of Gabriel Jesus and Willian are called upon off the bench.
Brazil leave the pitch to a disappointed home crowd in Sao Paolo as the opening match of this 2019 Copa America remains goalless into the interval. Roberto Firmino and Thiago Silva missed early chances from corners, with Carlos Lampe relatively untested in the Bolivia goal.
45' + 2' HALF-TIME: BRAZIL 0-0 BOLIVIA.
45' There will be two minutes added on at the end of this first half.
44' Into the dying embers of the first half and tempo has really fizzled out. That plays into Bolivia's hands, of course, and the responsibility will fall on the shoulders of Brazil to really force the issue and push the pace after the restart. They've been a bit too ponderous at times in this first half.
42' The longer Bolivia hold out here, the more they seem to be growing in confidence. They weathered the early storm and they're looking quite assured now in defence. They have to build on this confidence, however, and start doing a bit more in possession. Brazil have been completely untested thus far at the back.
40' Headed wide! Coutinho runs towards the near post as he latches onto the end of a Filipe Luis cross, but he can't get the contact right as he scuffs it well wide of the goal. Into the final five minutes of the first half and the opener still eludes Brazil.
38' Brazil have turned to a more patient approach in possession, now working it around on the fringes of the final third as they wait for an opening. Bolivia have everyone behind the ball here, so it's really quite congested in and around their penalty area.
36' The most recent Copa America tournament in 2016 saw Brazil fail to qualify from the group stage for the first time since the 1987 edition.
34' Successive corners keep the pressure on Bolivia, but they're eventually let off the hook once again by Thiago Silva, who heads over from six yards, this time under pressure from his marker. You can just start to sense a bit of frustration creeping into the ground as Brazil search for an opener.
32' It's that final ball that's lacking for Brazil, who are getting everything else right at the moment. Their build-up play has been fluid, and they've had no issues transitioning into the final third, but it's just been a bit stale when they get there.
30' Disaster averted! Haquin's ball out from the back is a gift for Richarlison as he sends the ball straight at the attacker, who wastes no time going for goal from 25 yards, but Jusino bails out his centre-back partner as he gets an important block in.
28' The hosts continue to huff and puff, but Lampe has still had a relatively straightforward go of things thus far. He does well to read the delivery from Brazil's latest corner and come out to collect, moments after Richarlison saw a cross deflect behind.
26' Bolivia have managed just one win in their last seven Copa America tournaments combined (3-2 v Ecuador, in 2015), while they have lost at least one game in 25 of their 26 participations (no defeats in 1963, when they won their only title).
24' Bolivia finally manage a first attempt on target, but it's nothing to write home about. Route one football sees Lampe's ball out from the back run all the way through for Martins, who knocks the ball on and tries his luck from distance, but doesn't come anywhere close to testing Alisson.
22' Brazil's concentrated pressure has softened a bit over the last five minutes as Bolivia enjoy a necessary period of respite at the back. It's just become a bit choppy, with the visitors adopting a more physical approach in an attempt to keep Brazil at arm's length.
F. Saucedo
Yellow Card
Bolivia
20' Following the check the referee goes to his pocket to show Saucedo a yellow, and the Bolivia midfielder is hardly pleased with the decision. He clearly caught Casemiro with a high elbow, though, so he's bold to be arguing with the referee here.
19' A check with VAR brings play to a halt as the referee heads over to the touchline for a second look to determine what sort of punishment is required for Saucedo, who appeared to catch Casemiro with an elbow.
17' Brazil are just one victory away from reaching 100 wins in the Copa America (178 games played, W99 D35 L44).
15' There's just no way out for Bolivia, who are struggling to string any passes together when they do win the ball back. They're just booting it up the pitch straight to a white shirt every time they get it, and it's resulted in some very intense pressure through this first quarter of an hour.
13' Alert defending by Diego Bejarano, who does well to come inside to track the run of Firmino in the centre, lunging in ahead of the striker to poke the ball away from harm as Richarlison sent a low cross in from the right. All hands on deck right now for Bolivia at the back.
11' INCHES WIDE! Dreadful marking from Bolivia as Thiago Silva is left alone in the centre, rising to meet a corner. The whole of the stadium was expecting the back of the net to bulge there, but the centre-back sends his glancing header agonisingly wide of the far post!
9' One-way traffic in these opening stages, with Bolivia doing their best just to weather the storm. Another exciting attack, this time led by Neres down the left, results in an inviting ball into the box, but Firmino goes through the back of a defender to try and get onto the end of it and that will be a free-kick for Bolivia, as well as some much-needed respite.
7' Brazil are unbeaten on home soil against Bolivia in all competitions (W9 D2), scoring 46 goals and conceding just four.
5' HUGE CHANCE! Coutinho's free-kick is lashed into the wall, and his follow-up is deflected behind. The ensuing corner finds its way through a crowd before being pushed goalwards by Firmino, forcing Lampe into a reactionary save. And seconds later Brazil have another free-kick in a dangerous area, this time the result of a handball, but it amounts to nothing.
3' It's been an incredibly lively start from Richarlison, who wins a free-kick on the halfway line, and then makes a fine run down the right before sending in a dangerous cross. Moments later the winger is at it again, as he twists and turns his way through a crowd before being taken down on the edge of the penalty area. Another free-kick forthcoming for Brazil...
1' AND THEY'RE OFF! Brazil in their white tops and blue shorts as they get the 2019 Copa America underway! Bolivia are in green tops and shorts, with red socks.
SUBS: Ramiro Vaca, Cristian Arano, Roberto Fernandez, Javier Rojas, Samuel Galindo, Leonardo Vaca, Saul Torres, Gilbert Alvarez, Jose Carrasco, Mario Cuellar, Rubern Cordano, Diego Wayar.
BOLIVIA (4-5-1): Carlos Lampe; Diego Bejarano, Luis Haquin, Adrian Jusino, Marvin Bejarano; Alejandro Chumacero, Leonel Justiniano, Raul Castro, Fernando Saucedo, Erwin Saavedra; Marcelo Martins.
SUBS: Miranda, Arthur, Gabriel Jesus, Willian, Alex Sandro, Eder Militao, Allan, Cassio, Lucas Paqueta, Everton, Fagner.
BRAZIL (4-3-3): Alisson; Dani Alves, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Filipe Luis; Fernandinho, Casemiro, Philippe Coutinho; Richarlison, David Neres, Roberto Firmino.
Eduardo Villegas has opted for experience in his side as he turns to his most-capped players to try and frustrate hosts Brazil. Leading the charge is striker Marcelo Martins, while Alejandro Chumacero and Raul Castro will aim to supply support from midfield. Marvin and Diego Bejarano will have their hands full on the flanks up against the likes of Richarlison and David Neres, while 32-year-old goalkeeper Carlos Lampe expects to be busy in goal.
Barcelona's Philippe Coutinho will provide attacking support from in behind the front three, while holding midfielders Fernandinho and Casemiro flank an experienced back-line captained by Dani Alves, who is joined by his PSG team-mates Thiago Silva and Marquinhos, along with Atletico Madrid's Filipe Luis.
With Neymar ruled out of the tournament, Brazil are undergoing something of a changing of the guard in attack as young forwards Richarlison and David Neres get their first chance to impress at a major tournament, each starting tonight as they flank Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino, who is preferred to Gabriel Jesus.
Bolivia are still looking for their first win under Eduardo Villegas, having lost three of four since his arrival at the helm, and they will have their work cut out for them in a tricky Group A as they come up against hosts Brazil, and popular darkhorses Venezuela and Peru.
Hoping to play the role of spoiler tonight are a Bolivia side who are known somewhat as the continent’s whipping boys, having failed to win a single Copa America knockout stage match since the turn of the century.
For a nation accustomed to dominating at the international level, their failure to progress beyond the quarter-final in three successive Copa Americas has put extra pressure on them returning to the top of South American football on home soil.
Historically a wide-open tournament, Brazil are playing the role of hosts for the first time in 30 years and expectations are typically high across the country as the Selecao aim to win the competition for the first time since 2007.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of this opening match of Copa America 2019 as Brazil and Bolivia get the festivities started at Morumbi in Sao Paolo!