Everton sensation Richarlison offered an ineffective addition to Brazil’s offence as Tite’s men began their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign in tremendous fashion by thrashing Bolivia 5-0.
Paris Saint-Germain centre-back Marquinhos opened the scoring after the first quarter of an hour, before a brace from Liverpool ace Roberto Firmino moved Brazil into a commanding lead shortly after half-time.
Jose Maria Carrasco and Philippe Coutinho rounded out the scoring with more than 15 minutes left on the clock, to rocket Brazil to the top of the CONMEBOL table ahead Yerry Mina and James Rodriguez’s Colombia.
Richarlison had to wait until the game was all-but already sewn up before entering the action in the 71st-minute to replace Firmino, marking the 23-year-old’s 20th outing on the international stage.
But the Everton star is now without a goal for his country since netting in the 2019 Copa America Final against Peru, having rounded off the scoring from the penalty spot for his first of the tournament and sixth for Brazil in all competitions.
The £90,000-per-week attacker has been in far better form in front of the net for Everton this season, with Richarlison boasting four goals from six appearances across the Premier League and Carabao Cup as the Toffees stretched their unbeaten run to seven games.
Tite would have been disappointed to see Richarlison struggle to make an impact against Bolivia, having already seen his Brazil side hit four goals before the former Watford forward entered the action.
Once on the field, Richarlison only managed to record a mere five touches of the ball, with which he could not fashion a single effort on goal, play a key pass, attempt a cross or attempt a dribble, per SofaScore.
Richarlison also failed to register any attempted ground or aerial duels, lost possession on four occasions and misplaced three of his four attempted short passes, meaning a meagre 25% passing accuracy.
His cameo display will likely ensure Tite only opts to name Richarlison on the bench in Brazil’s next World Cup qualifier against Peru on October 14, who held Paraguay to a 2-2 draw in their opening fixture on Friday.