Fans can watch the Brazil vs. Bolivia football match live online and see which team can move one step closer to qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The CONMEBOL rivals will face off in a World Cup qualifying match on Thursday at the Arena das Dunas in Natal, Brazil. Start time is scheduled for 8:45 p.m. ET, and the match will be available to watch live online (a link to the streaming video can be found below).
The match presents a big opportunity for Brazil to move toward qualifying for the 2018 World Cup. The team is currently in second position in the qualifying tournament and can move into first with a win on Thursday combined with Uruguay’s match resulting in a draw or loss against Venezuela.
Fans who watch the Brazil vs. Bolivia football match live online may be seeing a different lineup from the Seleção squad. After winning their first two international games under new coach Tite, the Brazilian team is shaking things up a bit for Thursday’s match, Plus 55 reported.
The Brazilian boss will put out a different midfield than in the previous wins, the report noted, though two of the three changes are due to injury and suspension. Tite will be benching Willian for Coutinho, the report noted, though it is seen as more of a tactical move to play against the Bolivian weaknesses than a reflection of any faith lost in Willian.
Tite trotted out the midfield combo of Casemiro, Paulinho, Renato Augusto, and Willian in two recent wins, Plus 55 noted. But Casemiro is out with an injury and Paulinho is suspended after receiving too many yellow cards.
The circumstances have presented a major opportunity for midfielder Giuliano. The 26-year-old, who played under Tite when the two were at Internacional in 2009-10, will be getting the start to replace Paulinho. It will be the first-ever start for Giuliano on the national team.
“He’s giving me this opportunity and trusts me to be Paulinho’s replacement in this game,” he said (via ESPNFC). “I have to do my best. I cannot think ahead, I have to think about this game, which is the opportunity of my life.”
The match gives Brazil a chance to move even further beyond their rough start to World Cup qualifying, where the team had drawn three and lost one of their eight matches. But the team has found its footing in more recent matches, and the Daily Mail noted that growing chemistry between talented forwards Neymar and Oscar has them in good shape against Bolivia.
The emergency of Tite as a steadying force for the team has also been a major factor in their turnaround, the Daily Mail noted.
But on the back of two convincing wins, the 55-year-old Tite has changed everything. Anticipation is high for the game with Bolivia in Natal with the country’s fans in positive spirits on the back of their team’s Olympic football success.
When Dunga was coach, Brazil even struggled to reach the top four positions in South America’s qualifying standings – each of which is worth an automatic place at the World Cup in Russia. Many fans were worried their team would fail to even qualify for the tournament.
Brazil star Lugo noted that the team could see a major difference under Tite.
“When Dunga, a great coach, was here he gave me a chance and I am very grateful but things did not go as we wanted,” he said (via ESPNFC). “I’m sure it was not his fault but sometimes changes are welcome.
“They are two coaches with different ways of working but with the same ambition to win and the squad is recovering the habit of winning, to feel respected.”
Fans who want to watch the Brazil vs. Bolivia football match live online can find streaming video at beIN Sports Connect.
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