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Buru had a hat-trick before four minutes had elapsed, sending simultaneous shockwaves both through Bahrain’s supporters and would-be adidas Golden Shoe contenders. The latter’s cause for concern was heightened once more when Buru added his fourth near the end of the match. First, though, Sidney would smack a low shot off the base of the post, further fraying goalkeeper Hesam Almannaei’s nerves. Soon thereafter, Bruno managed to bundle in his side’s fourth, though his attempt did not come off quite as intended.

Brazil continued to look anything but troubled, as they batted the ball around in familiar fashion. Bahrain’s defence made spirited efforts to smother close-range attacks and had some success. Heads dropped a bit further, though, when Abdulla Alabdulla was shown red, granting Daniel Souza the free-kick that put Brazil up by even more. At the other end, Rashed Salem’s spectacular overhead kick headed toward the upper corner, but was intercepted by Brazil goalkeeper Mao.

Benjamin’s genius revealed itself once again, after a first quick move had been denied by his marker. He patiently assessed his options before sending a cross-field pass that Buru one-timed off the far post from twenty yards. Ebrahim Almughawi scored a consolation, but it was largely business as usual for the defending champions, as they cruised to their second win, joining Switzerland on six points at the top of Group D.

The final day of the group stage pits Brazil against the in-form Swiss, while Bahrain are set to face Nigeria, as both sides look to garner their first points of the competition.