Marquinhos stars as Brazil U20s hit six

Marquinhos playing for Brazil U20s against Dominican Republic

After tasting defeat in their U20 World Cup opener, Marquinhos' Brazil responded by thumping the Dominican Republic 6-0 to boost their chances of qualification to the knockout stages.

Having tasted defeat in their opening game against Italy, our winger was handed his first start of the competition in Argentina, and helped the Selecao Sub-20 to their first victory at the tournament for eight years. 

Marquinhos was part of a fluid attack that blew their opponents away and strikes from Savio, Marcos Leonardo and Jean handed them a three-goal advantage before he was replaced in the 77th minute. A late flurry of goals stretched the Brazilian’s lead with Giovane, Marlon Gomes and Matheus Martins all hitting the target.

Brazil will now face Group D leaders Nigeria in their final group game in Argentina, who beat Italy to maintain their 100 per start. A win for Brazil will confirm their place in the round of 16, but a draw might be enough to qualify in second place if Italy drop points to the Dominican Republic. 

Even if they suffer a second defeat or draw and Italy win, there would still be a slim chance of qualification if they are one of the four best teams among those ranked third.

Meanwhile, Alexei Rojas was once again on the bench as Colombia won their second match of the tournament so far, beating Japan 2-1 in La Plata, which ensures their place in the round of 16.

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