FC Bayern München winger Douglas Costa was at his inspired best for Brazil on Tuesday night, scoring one and setting up the others in a 3-0 FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying win over Peru.
Followers of the Bundesliga will already know all about the danger Costa spreads, something Peru discovered to their cost on Tuesday night when the 25-year-old single-handedly dismantled them in a World Cup qualifier in Salvador.
He put the Selecao in front after 20 minutes before setting up former Bayer 04 Leverkusen midfielder Renato Augusto for the second. Bayern's not-so-secret wing weapon was also provider of the third for Filipe Luis, as he helped get Brazil's qualifying campaign up and running with only their second win in four qualifiers.
Costa earned a standing ovation when he left the field for the final five minutes having scored his second goal for his country, and helping to lift the five-time world champions up to third in the South American qualifying standings.
In fine fettle
The 25-year-old has already provided seven assists in his debut Bundesliga season, created 74 chances and scored two goals, including this cracker against VfB Stuttgart on Matchday 12.
SV Werder Bremen's Claudio Pizarro could only watch on from the Peru bench as his side were taught a lesson by Costa. Eintracht Frankfurt's Carlos Zambrano and VfL Wolfsburg's Carlos Ascues also featured for the visitors.