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Bolivia v Brazil Live Commentary, 05/10/2017

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Estadio Hernando Siles


After one of the best 0-0 draws you will see for some time, that's all from us this evening. Thanks for joining us, goodbye!
Bolivia did have some joy in attack in the first-half with Bejarano going close towards the break but Brazil dominated in La Paz. They have yet to win a Qualifier in the city since 1985 and Tite's men have now drawn their last two matches.
A superb performance from Bolivia keeper Carlos Lampe ensures his side secure one point in this World Cup Qualifier. Countless saves and displays of bravery should see him win the man of the match award.
FULL TIME - Bolivia 0-0 Brazil.
Into stoppage time now and Brazil could have scored five or six tonight, it could be one of them games unfortunately.
Neymar wins a free-kick in a tricky position but his cross into the box is one to forget.
Gabriel Jesus goes for another header at the far post but he now heads wide. Bolivia's goal is leading a charmed life but Lampe continues to stand firm for now.
Gabriel Jesus has had a tough night but he breaks free and heads towards goal but Lampe leaps across his goal to deny the Manchester City striker.
Another change for Brazil as Paulinho is replaced by Fernandinho.
J. Arce
Arce is hauled off after missing that volley and his replacement is Fernando Saucedo.
Willian is the latest man in a yellow shirt to be denied by Lampe as he looks to find the top corner but the Bolivia keeper is on hand again to deny Tite's men. Man of the match by a country mile this evening!
Bolivia finally get enough bodies forward and Martins' header loops into the path of Arce but he goes for a spectacular effort and volleys over the bar.
Martins continues to lead the Bolivia front line with plenty of passion but he is stuggling to stay onside and that is giving Brazil more and more joy.
Chelsea midfielder Willian is played in down the right for his first touch but his cross is poor and Lampe dives on the ball to thwart the danger.
Neymar takes plenty of time before shooting and his effort curls over the bar and a goal-kick is given.
J. Valverde
Yellow Card
Valverde is given a yellow card for that poorly-timed challenge.
Valverde brings down Neymar on the edge of the box and a free-kick is given.
Bolivia's fans continue to show their support and the atmosphere is terrific inside the Estadio Hernando Siles but their team are struggling to create chances in the second-half.
Philippe Coutinho
Coutinho has been poor tonight and it is one to forget for him but on comes Willian for his 50th cap for Brazil.
It's easy to lose count of how many shots Neymar has had but Lampe again stands firm and palms the ball away. This time the former Barcelona man is free inside the box but his half volley is saved by Lampe from a tight angle.
G. Álvarez
J. Fierro
Eduardo Fierro has been pretty quiet tonight and Gilbert Alvarez is now given his chance off the bench.
Neymar continues to prove his superior class and his long run sees him creep into the box but as he shoots he is tackled by Machado and a corner is given. Tite's men play it short but Neymar then produces a woeful cross.
Neymar stays on the halfway line for a counter attack but as he glides towards goal with the ball he fails to put any loft on his shot and Lampe gathers with ease.
The opening few minutes of the second-half have started just like the first-half. Both teams are struggling to break each other down but the game is nicely poised.
Only a few minutes into the second-half and Lampe has already had to work hard to keep his team in it. This time he flicks Gabriel Jesus' effort onto the post.
R. Castro
L. Justiniano
Leonel Justiniano had a quiet first-half and is brought off for Raúl Castro.
The match is back underway as Bolivia start the second-half.
In the second-half, Brazil will no doubt improve their play on the ball after a telling off at the break. But Bolivia will have the tough conditions on their side and could pull off the upset tonight! Join us for more coverage soon!
After a pretty dull first 15 minutes, this game has burst into life and it's a shock to see the scoreline unchanged. Neymar's personal battle with Lampe is a joy to watch while Bolivia have shown they've got enough to trouble this Brazil defence.
HALF-TIME - Bolivia 0-0 Brazil.
Sensational end to the first-half as Bejarano fires the ball towards goal but his effort clips the underside of the bar and Alisson is able to recover at the second attempt.
Lampe is on hand again to keep the game scoreless as Dani Alves smashes the ball towards goal from 30 yards out but the keeper tips it over.
WOW incredible defending from Bolivia keeps the scoreline at 0-0. Neymar sees two efforts stopped, Lampe dived at his feet to put him off before he sees two shots cleared off the line by Gabriel Valverde.
Good news for Bolivia fans, Lampe is up and ready to carry on.
LAMPE AGAIN - Two sublime dummies from Brazil's attack allows Gabriel Jesus to pick up the ball 10 yards out but somehow Lampe saves the ball with his face. He did not mean it and he's down on the ground but his name is being shouted around the stadium.
Bejarano gets bored of Bolivia's one-touch passing in midfield and decides to try his luck but he immediately regrets the effort as the ball finds somebody in the crowd.
WHAT A SAVE - Lampe is the hero on home soil as a terrible mix-up at the back puts him under pressure. Gabriel Jesus caused problems and Neymar stormed onto the loose pass but his shot is tipped away by the Bolivia stopper.
Thiago Silva
Thiago Silva appears to be struggling with the altitude and he is now replaced by Marquinhos.
Brazil work the ball into the box and Coutinho is given enough space to shoot but the Liverpool forward sees his effort blocked and Bolivia break clear.
Finally the first real save of the game is made as Neymar bursts forward and lets fly but his right-footed effort is saved well by Carlos Lampe.
Coutinho breaks free down the right and swings in a cross but he snatches at it and it flies behind for a goal-kick. That attempt pretty much sums up Brazil's play at the minute - far too sloppy when on the ball.
Bolivia are currently getting so much joy down the right-hand side but they cannot find Martins in space at the moment. Definitely positive signs though!
Bolivia win another corner and the ball from Juan Carlos Arce finds Cristhian Machado but his low drive goes wide of the target.
Huge cheers as Ronald Raldes the captain heads across goal but it goes just wide and misses a team-mate at the far post.
Bolivia win the first corner of the match as Miranda volleys clear.
Neymar's cross causes problems in the box for Bolivia but the home side eventually clear but we are yet to have a clear-cut chance.
Huge jeers as Diego Bejarano looks long to try and pick out Marcelo Martins but he overhits the pass and a throw-in is given. Brazil did look very stretched there so could explain the complains from the stands.
Relatively low key start at the Estadio Hernando Siles as both teams continue to give away sloppy free-kicks.
Neymar is booed as he latches onto a loose pass but the Paris Saint-Germain star blasts the ball over the bar.
Brazil won the last meeting between these two teams 5-0 but the altitude in Bolivia could make tonight's game much harder.
The match is underway as referee Fernando Rapallini blows his whistle and Brazil kick the game off.
The teams are out on the pitch and kick-off is fast approaching now!
Tite brings in Miranda, Alex Sandro, Casemiro, Coutinho and Gabriel Jesus and they replace Marquinhos, Filipe Luis, Fernandinho, Willian and Roberto Firmino.
Bolivia are without Pablo Escobar for tonight's game but seven of the team that beat Chile start tonight. Brazil welcome back Philippe Coutinho to the starting line-up after he rediscovered his form at Liverpool.
Brazil SUBS: Cassio, Ederson, Jemerson, Diego Tardelli, Jorge, Marquinhos, Fernandinho, Fred, Willian, Arthur, Roberto Firmino, Danilo.
Brazil Starting XI (4-3-3): Alisson, Dani Alves, Thiago Silva, Miranda, Alex Sandro, Paulinho, Casemiro, Renato Augusto, Coutinho, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar.
Bolivia SUBS: Cordano, Quinonez, Candia, Saucedo, Miranda, Ortiz, Castro, Vargas, Alvarez, Cuellaer, Sagredo, Azogue.
Bolivia Starting XI (3-4-3): Lampe, Valverde, Raldes (c), Gutierrez, Bejarano, Justiniano, Machado, Morales, Fierro, Arce, Martins.
Tonight's TEAM NEWS coming up...
Brazil have won three of their last five contests and they head into the contest after a 1-1 draw against Colombia last month.
Mauricio Soria's Bolivia side have won four of their last five matches and they recorded a famous win against Argentina back in March. They also come into the game in high spirits, after beating Chile last time out.
The home crowd in La Paz will certainly be doing their best to make it a difficult night for the visitors, who have not won a Qualifier in the city since 1985.
Another busy night of football for the South American teams tonight but Brazil come into this game with their place in Russia already confirmed. Tite's men secured their place at the 2018 World Cup three games ago, while Bolivia have nothing to play for.
Hello and welcome to tonight's live text commentary of Bolivia vs Brazil from the South American World Cup Qualifiers.