Gabriel Jesus Brace Leads Brazil Past Ecuador
FIFA World Cup Qualifier
Result: Ecuador 0-3 Brazil
Date: 1 September 2016
Venue: Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa
Brazil closed the gap to Ecuador in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers by beating the South American rivals 3-0 on Thursday.
Neymar turned heads early in the clash as he showed off with a terrific ball over the top for debutant Gabriel Jesus. The new kid broke free of the defence with his pace but lost his balance while striking the ball and sent it over the bar.
At the other end of the pitch the hosts came close to scoring when a free kick from Bolanos came to Montero who cut inside before striking just over the bar.
Ecuador were on the attack again in the 36th minute. Noboa produced some exceptional individual skill, winning the ball back before going on a run into a position to shoot from close range but he directed it straight at the goalkeeper.
Brazil should have been one to the good just past the hour mark when Renato got on the end of a counter attack. He had a great opening to strike from 10 yards by lifted the effort high and wide.
The visitors went close again a few minutes later, before finally claiming a penalty when Alexander Dominguez tripped Jesus in the area. Neymar took responsibility and converted the spot-kick for a 1-0 lead.
Ecuador's comeback chances were dealt a blow in the 76th minute as Juan Carlos Paredes was given his marching orders for a studs-up tackle on Renato, earning him a second yellow.
The result was put to bed in the 87th minute when Gabriel Jesus netted his first international goal with a sensational back-heel finish.
In stoppage time the youngster added a second goal to his name with a fantastic turn on the edge of the box followed by a pin-point strike.