The woes continued for the national team. Tottenham Hotspur’s Thierry Henry was seen in tears after being substituted following a goalless draw.
Brazil thrashed Bolivia 5-1 on Monday (Sept. 9) at the Estádio Olimpico do Pará in Brazil in the first round of South American qualifying for the FIFA Confederations Cup North America 2026.
It was a one-sided affair. Bolivia, ranked 83rd in the FIFA rankings, was no match for third-ranked Brazil. They were also outnumbered. On the day, Brazil pounded the Bolivian defense with 21 shots on goal.
The offense combined for five goals. Neymar (Al Hilal) shined with two goals and an assist, despite missing a first-half penalty. He also made history. Neymar scored 79 goals in 124 Brazil A matches, surpassing Pele’s record of 77. Wingers Hafinha (FC Barcelona) and Rodriguez (Real Madrid) finished with one goal and one assist, respectively.
Only one player couldn’t smile. After starting as a top striker, Thierry Henry was silent for 71 minutes. He had two big chances, but blew them. Two of his three shots were directed at the back of the net, but were blocked by the goalkeeper.
Back on the bench, Hischarlisson shook his head in disbelief. He covered his face with his hands. He was obviously disappointed with his recent form, and his eyes were red as he wiped away tears.
Ahead of last season, Thierry Henry left Everton to join Tottenham for £60 million. At the very least, he was expected to score double-digit goals a season. However, his struggles continued. In 27 Premier League games in 2022-23, he managed just one goal and three assists.
He’s struggled in his second season as well. Under Ange Postecoglou, Tottenham play an attacking style of soccer. He has started all three of their opening games, but has been silent without an attacking point. Instead, Son Heung-min, who has primarily played as a flanker, has scored a hat trick as a striker. Despite scoring a brace in the League Cup, he’s fallen behind in the race for a starting spot. 토토사이트
Much to his frustration, he was called up to the Brazilian national team. He was hoping to score against underdog Bolivia, but was left shaking his head as he failed to find the back of the net again. Meanwhile, his attacking teammates combined for five goals.
Brazil’s interim head coach Fernando Diniz told ESPN: “Brazil welcomed him to the team. I hope he comes out of his slump and I believe he will score soon. We will do everything to calm him down.”