There was a hint that the ball could have brushed Jota's arm, but the goal was allowed to stand and Liverpool now have three wins from their first three games of the season.
"I am really happy about my first round. I was facing another great champion today. The transition to clay and the cold conditions worked out pretty well," said Thiem.
Ambitions to win titles collide with the club leader's demands to accept the performance fluctuations of young footballers.
The result at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana stadium, which came less than two weeks after Independiente whitewashed Flamengo 5-0 in Quito, guarantees the defending champions a place in the knockout phase.
The Uruguayan came into the game as a 65th minute substitute with the score already 3-0 thanks to goals from Diego Costa, Angel Correa and the impressive Joao Felix.
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Since 2013 the Swedes have played 30 matches at home, winning 18, drawing six and losing six, with the defeats coming against powerful sides such as Paris Saint Germain, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Juventus and Wolfsburg to show the scale of the task facing Granada. Enditem
The shortlist for the Best Player award was selected by a jury comprising the 80 coaches of the teams that took part in the group stages of the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League, along with 55 journalists selected by the European Sports Media group, one from each of UEFA's member associations.
Daqing geared up their offense after coach-player Ji Yanyan, a former Chinese national small forward, was substituted midway through the first quarter. After Zhang Jiayu snapped Daqing's scoring drought for nine minutes of play, Ji bagged seven out of 11 points down the stretch.
He then showed his goal scoring instincts remain completely intact by nodding home Atletico's fifth goal before then adding a sixth from close range in a 25 minute cameo which implies that if Barca wanted him out, it wasn't just for footballing reasons.
The result left Flamengo, the reigning Brazilian and South American champions, sixth in the 20-team league standings with 18 points from 11 matches. Palmeiras are fourth with 19 points.