Bolivia vs. Brazil  0 - 4


International friendly: Bolivia 0 Brazil 4

7 April 2013 04:47

Brazil have continued their preparations for next year's World Cup with a 4-0 friendly win over Bolivia in Santa Cruz.

The match was held as a benefit for the family of 14-year-old Bolivian fan Kevin Beltran Espada, killed by a flare allegedly launched by Corinthians supporters during their Copa Libertadores match against San Jose in February.

Leandro Damiao opened the scoring in just the third minute, before Santos starlet Neymar scored a quick-fire brace before half-time to put the result beyond doubt.

Substitute Leandro completed the scoring in the 92nd minute to give Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari his first win since returning to the job for a second stint in November.

Scolari led Brazil to their last World Cup win in 2002.

A loss to England at Wembley in his first game in charge had been followed by draws against Italy and Russia.


International friendly preview: Bolivia v Brazil

5 April 2013 06:32

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari will field a domestic-based squad for Saturday's international friendly with Bolivia.

The five-time world champions and Bolivia are set to come together in memory of 14-year-old fan Kelvin Beltran, who was struck by a flare and died at a Copa Libertadores match in February.

All proceeds from the game in Santa Cruz de la Sierra will be donated to Beltran's family, with the Brazilian team donating their share of the gate money.

With the game being played outside of a FIFA international date, Scolari will turn to players plying their trade in the Brazilian leagues.

One player likely to feature in Scolari's plans is Sao Paulo striker Osvaldo.

Osvaldo was selected for Brazil's two international friendlies against Italy and Russia last week without making it off the bench.

As for Bolivia, they head into the match full of confidence having held South American giants Argentina to a 1-1 draw in their World Cup qualifier last month.

The stalemate offered a timely boost to Xabier Azkargorta's men after they were on the receiving end of a hefty 5-0 defeat to Colombia.

Bolivia, regardless of the makeup of Saturday's opposition, will be buoyed by Brazil's struggles in central South America.

The Bolivians are unbeaten in three previous encounters on home soil, registering a 2-1 win in their most recent match in 2009.

Brazil's last triumph in Bolivia was 16 years ago, a 3-1 victory in the final of the 1997 Copa America.


Brazil call up thrills Santos

4 April 2013 18:20

Gremio defender Andre Santos has expressed his delight at being called up to the Brazil squad for Saturday's friendly with Bolivia.

Santos returned to his homeland on a loan deal from Arsenal in February, and he feels his recall to the Luiz Felipe Scolari's set-up is indicative of his improved form and fitness over the past couple of months.

"I am too happy, I cannot hide it," he told reporters.

"Since I arrived at Gremio, I have worked seriously. I will do anything to stay.

"I thank the club, coaches and directors for giving me all their support. I needed a run of games to get back to my ideal level and consequently show that I'm good enough to return to the national selection."

Santos is hopeful that a strong showing in Saturday's friendly match could go a long way to securing his place in the squad in the build-up to the World Cup in 2014.

"I know that the group is not closed. I recognise the quality of the other players, but I hope to be included," he said.