gabriel jesus

A decisive performance from Gabriel Jesus, who scored twice and made another goal, gave Brazil a deserved 3-0 win over Ecuador on Thursday and helped get their qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia back on track.

Neymar slotted home a penalty after Gabriel Jesus was brought down in 71 minutes.

The Palmerias forward doubled their lead 17 minutes later when he cleverly flicked home a cross from full back Marcelo.

He got his second and Brazil’s third in injury time when he completed a counter attack with a curling shot from the edge of the box.

“You don’t get a better debut than that do you?” said Gabriel Jesus, the 19-year old who will join Manchester City at the end of the year. “I am very happy to score on my debut not just for the goals but for the debut and the team.”

The win was Brazil’s first in Quito for 33 years.

The result lifts Brazil into fourth place in the 10-team South American group, though there are still two more games to come later on Thursday.