Willian has started his season in good form for both club and country, and recorded an assist in Brazil’s 2-0 win over Ecuador.
The Selecao went into the game knowing that they had already secured their place in the World Cup next year, and the five-time winners of the competition guaranteed top spot in the CONMEBOL group courtesy of second-half goals from Paulinho and Philippe Coutinho in Porto Alegre.
Willian started in a front three alongside Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus and Paris Saint-Germain’s recent signing Neymar and the trio were rampant against Ecuador – the scoreline indeed should have been more.
Willian was in fine form during the game and missed a chance early on. The first-half ended without a goal despite Brazil’s dominance, and the breakthrough eventually arrived with 22 minutes left to play and it came from a Willian corner which was met by Paulinho who controlled the ball with his first touch and fired home from close range.
Eight minutes later the game was all but over as Brazil extended their advantage through substitute Coutinho, who played an intelligent one-two with Jesus before finishing well.
Willian was replaced by Luan with six minutes remaining. Brazil will be away at Colombia next Tuesday.