Brazil hit five against Ecuador

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Colombia played out their second goalless draw in three days, away to Bolivia, and Chile and Paraguay won at home to kick-start their campaigns in yesterday’s other South American games.

Chile beat neighbours Peru 2-0 in Santiago and Paraguay battled to a 1-0 win over Uruguay in Asuncion.

Argentina, 2-0 winners in Venezuela on Tuesday, were left as the only side with a maximum six points from two games in the single South American group.

Brazil and Paraguay have four each, followed by Uruguay, Chile and Venezuela on three, Colombia on two, Peru and Bolivia one and Ecuador on none.

Playing their first home game for two years and first at the hallowed Maracana for seven years, Brazil made heavy work of Ecuador for the first 70 minutes when only Vagner Love's 19th-minute goal separated the sides.

The goal glut began with a fortuitous effort in the 73rd minute when Ronaldinho appeared to turn Kaka's apparently innocuous long-range effort into the goal.

That was followed by two moments for brilliance, the first from Kaka, who pounced on a half clearance and scored with a curling 30-metre shot into the top right-hand corner.

The second was Robinho’s great dribble which sent him clear of Ulises de la Cruz to set up the fourth for substitute Elano.

Two minutes later saw another stroke of luck as Kaka’s apparently harmless 25-metre effort somehow slipped under Ecuador goalkeeper Daniel Viteri and into the net.

“I didn’t see the goal because I shot very weakly and I turned my back,” Kaka said afterwards.