Coutinho hat-trick helps Brazil rout Haiti 7-1 in Copa

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Orlando (Florida), June 9 (IANS) Midfielder Philippe Coutinho scored a hat-trick as Brazil thrashed minnows Haiti 7-1 in the Copa America Centenario football tournament here on Thursday.

The Liverpool player was in top form and opened the scoring in the 14th minute.

He doubled the lead with a tap-in, before Renato Augusto headed home from an inch-perfect Dani Alves cross from the right wing.

Brazil led 3-0 lead at half-time at the Camping World Stadium.

Brazil coach Dunga replaced Jonas Oliveira with Gabriel in attack before the start of the second-half.

And the 19-year-old – dubbed the new Neymar – scored in the 59th minute.

Lucas Lima, another substitute, headed home to make it 5-0.

Haiti then had something to celebrate as James Marcelin scored the nation’s first goal of the 2016 Copa America.

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Brazil then completed the rout as Augusto scored again and Coutinho completed his hat-trick with a fine solo effort.

It was Brazil’s first win of the tournament after drawing their opening group game 0-0 against Ecuador.

Haiti became the first team to be eliminated from the tournament, They lost 0-1 to Peru in their opening match.

–IANS

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