QUITO, Ecuador, Sporting Alert – Neymar and Gabriel Jesus who helped Brazil lift the Olympic title at Rio 2016, both start today in a CONMEBOL World Cup qualifier against Ecuador at the Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa multi-purpose stadium here in Quito.
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Barcelona forward Neymar will start on the left as part of a three-man attack that also includes Chelsea winger Willian and Jesus, who will play through the middle during this South America World Cup qualifying game.
Juventus right-back Dani Alves is part of a very solid back line for Brazil and is expected to continue his overlapping and attacking duties along with Marcelo, who will feature from the other side.
Miranda and Marquinhos are in the heart of the defence with Alisson Becker starting between the sticks.
In midfield, Renato Augusto, Casemiro and Paulinho will start.
Meanwhile, Ecuador will be without in-form Manchester United winger/right-back Antonio Valencia, but striker Enner Valencia does start.
Starting as well for the home side are Arturo Mina Meza, Walter Ayovi, Carlos Gruezo, Felipe Caicedo and Jefferson Montero.
Available from the bench this evening for head coach Gustavo Domingo are Cristian Ramirez, Jefferson Orejuela, Michael Arroyo, Pedro Velasco and Alex Ibarra.
In the meantime, among the highlighted players starting on the bench today for Brazil are Filipe Luis, Philippe Coutinho, Lucas Lima, Gabriel Barbosa and Marcelo Grohe.
Ecuador Team: Domínguez, Achilier W. Ayoví, Paredes, Mina, Noboa, Montero, Gruezo, Caicedo, Bolaños, E. Valencia. Subs: J. Ayoví, Velasco, Orejuela, Ibarra, Martínez, Gaibor, Arboleda, Dreer, Caicedo, Arroyo, Ramírez, Azcona
Brazil Team: Alisson, Miranda, Alves, Marcelo Marquinhos, Willian Renato Augusto, Paulinho, Casemiro, Neymar, Gabriel Jesus. Subs: Weverton, Luis, Grohe, Fágner, Lima, Geromel, Carioca, Coutinho, Giuliano, Taison, Gil, Gabriel Barbosa