Bleeding forehead NATAL, Brazil (AP): Brazil maintained its momentum in South America’s World Cup qualifiers by thrashing Bolivia 5-0 on Thursday, staying a point behind Uruguay, which stayed on top after defeating Venezuela. Elsewhere, Copa America champions Chile sank even lower after losing 3-0 to Ecuador, while Colombia managed to beat Paraguay away 1-0 with a goal in the dying minutes. An Argentina team missing star Lionel Messi managed a draw at Peru. “Ole, ole, ole, ole … Tite! Tite!” It had been ages since a Brazil coach had the pleasure of being hailed as a hero by fans. But that happened on Thursday to Adenor Bacchi, universally known as Tite, only three games after getting the job and winning his third consecutive match for Brazil. Nearly all 30,000 supporters at the Arena das Dunas in sunny Natal, in the country’s Northeast, sounded excited about the 55-year-old from the beginning to the end of the hammering of the Bolivians. The goals were scored by Neymar (10), Philippe Coutinho (25), Filipe Luis (38), Gabriel Jesus (44) and Roberto Firmino (75). Brazil’s goalkeeper, Alison barely touched the ball during the entire game. Asked about the reaction of fans in the post-match press conference, Tite held the tears and looked above as he repeated “thank you”. After victories over Ecuador, Colombia and Bolivia, Brazil is second in the table with 18 points, one behind leaders Uruguay. Bolivia is ninth with seven points. “We feel that the atmosphere here has changed for the better,” right-back Dani Alves said at the end of the match, without mentioning Tite’s predecessor, Dunga. Barcelona star Neymar delivered a great performance in the 65 minutes he was on the pitch before he left with a bleeding forehead caused by a Bolivian elbow. He scored the opening goal, repeatedly dribbled through Bolivia’s defense, irritated the opposition but also picked his third yellow card, which suspends him from Tuesday’s clash against Venezuela, in Merida. Neymar’s goal was the 300th of his career, according with the Brazilian Football Confederation. These figures include all those he scored for Brazil, Santos and Barcelona as a professional since 2009. He also surpassed midfielder Zico as the 4th top goalscorer in Brazil’s history. Now Neymar only trails Romario (56), Ronaldo (67) and Pele (95). The Barcelona star is 24 years-old. No Lionel Messi meant no party for Argentina at Peru. After leading twice, Argentina conceded a late goal to the hosts, which resulted in a draw. New coach Edgardo Bauza struggled to make his midfield more fluent and Manchester City’s striker Sergio Aguero failed to lead the team in Messi’s absence. Argentina’s goals were scored by Funes Mori (15) and Gonzalo Higuain (77). Peru initially equalised through Paolo Guerrero (58) and again with a penalty converted by Christian Cueva. Now Argentina is 5th in the standings with 16 points, the same as Ecuador and Colombia. South American qualifying leader Uruguay was not surprised by last-place Venezuela in Montevideo and won 3-0 in convincing fashion.
BY NEIL DOHERTY IN GLASGOW: Celtic have beaten Barcelona at Parkhead in the Champions League tonight, winning 2-1In a marvelous night for the club – and the 1,200 fans travelling here from Donegal tonight – Tony Watt and Victor Wanyama scored goals in each half.And Barca had a “consolation” from Messi in injury time. Victor Wanyama – coveted by clubs all over Europe – became the first Kenyan ever to score in the Champions League group stages.He rose at the back post for Celtic’s only corner of the first-half to nod the ball home.Barcelona came flying back at the Hoops after the 21st minute goal.But on a breakaway ten minutes later Samaras was just inches from making it 2-0. Barca had numerous chances in the second half – with Fraser Forster superb in the Celtic goals.But it was Celtic who went further ahead, sub Watt hitting home in the 84th minute to send Parkhead completely barmy.A long kick-put from Forster went straight through the Barca defence, and Watt ran through to finish brilliantly.This place went nuts – what a night for Celtic – the green half of Glasgow could be taking tomorrow off.What a way to celebrate 125 years of this great club. Neil Lennon was certainly delighted afterwards – as were all the players – describing it has “the greatest night.”“We thought we could affect them at corners, at the back post against Jordi Alba,” said the Co Armagh man.“Charlie Mulgrew is one of best dead ball experts around, and Victor Wanyama gets better and better.“We had to weather a storm, you know it’s coming and there’s not much you can do. Tony Watt gave us a new lease of life and scored a great goal. He’ll go down in the history books of the club. He added: “The club has been the in doldrums. This is not the pinnacle, there is more to come from this team, but the progression is great. It gives us a great chance [of qualifying].“We go to Benfica next and will have to raise ourselves again, but we’ll cross that bridge when it comes to it.“I want them to enjoy the moment and then get back to domestic action.“When I came in I said I wanted to bring the thunder back and I’ve never heard anything like that.”Keeper Fraser Forster described Celtic’s victory as “tremendous” after the England goalkeeper performed heroics at the Camp Nou a fortnight ago but was unable to prevent a loss.“Words can’t describe it,” said Forster.“We put in so much effort away (in Barcelona) and couldn’t see it through, but today we have and we’re delighted. We have a fantastic squad; whoever comes in can do the job.”Goal hero and super sub Watt said the goal was “the best moment of my life.”“It will take a while to sink in but we’ll look back and say, ‘wow, we’ve beaten Barcelona in the Champions League’ – it doesn’t get better than that.“The crowd were like a 12th man, I’ve never heard anything like it, the place was rocking.”THE HOOPS REPORT: CELTS DOWN BARCELONA IN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE was last modified: November 7th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:THE HOOPS REPORT: CELTS DOWN BARCELONA IN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE