Brazil were denied a victory in their world cup qualifier game against Bolivia in the South America table. Bolivia frustrated life out of Brazil and made sure the Sellecao never struck the back of the net.
Bolivia have their goalkeeper, Carlos Lampe to thank as he was in his best moments when he denied Brazil several goal scoring opportunities. The five times world champion could not even score a single goal.
Brazil has however qualified for the showpiece in Russia come June next year. Their opponent, Bolivia missed out of qualification for the event and will only have to watch on the TV and not as a participant.
Lampe several fine saves, particularly in the first half when he twice denied Neymar from close range and then kept out a point-blank shot from Gabriel Jesus.
He was the saviour for the Bolivians that prevented them from the wrath of the Brazilians. Bolivia’s Diego Bejarano came closest to scoring for the host when his 30 yard strike hit the bar. That’s could have just been the only goal of the match and a shocker at that.
Brazil had to substitute Thiago Silva off the pitch in the 28th minute after he sustained a minor injury. This did not deter them from going for the jugular in the game. Captain of the day, Casemiro said after the match that: "We created lots of chances but the goalkeeper had a happy afternoon, he deserves our congratulations Brazil have not lost since Titi took over and this wasn’t going to be the first.
Brazil now have a place at the world cup after playing 11 games and avoiding defeat and the Seleccao are toping the South America qualification table with 28 points while Bolivia is on 14 after 17 games.
Brazil are the only team to have played in every World Cup since the first tournament was held in Uruguay in 1930.