Brazil's World Cup 2018 qualifying match against Bolivia ended goalless but playing at such a height appeared to have left the visiting team breathless.
Brazil qualify in Bolivian heights
The draw was enough to give the samba boys the point they needed to qualify for Fifa's showpiece tournament in Russia next summer although it was also a result that confirmed Bolivia would not be attending. And after the game, the Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) posted a photo on Twitter of some of their team taking in extra oxygen to recover from the high-altitude exertions.
High altitude challenges for Neymar, Alves et al
The Hernando Siles en La Paz stadium sits at 3,600 metres above sea level and even the athletes with the fitness of Alves, Neymar, Gabriel Jesús, Marquinhos, Miranda, Alex Sandro and Alisson (all pictured) can suffer in those conditons. Beside the post was the message:
“The recovery starts for the player in Boliva has started”