Coutinho bags hat-trick as Brazil crush Haiti

Philippe Coutinho hit a classy hat-trick on Wednesday as Brazil easily beat Haiti in their Copa America Group B match at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando.

The win means Brazil now have four points from two games following a 0-0 draw with Ecuador in their opening match. Their final game is a match-up with Peru on Sunday.

Haiti, making their first appearance in the Copa America and playing Brazil for the first ever time, were overwhelmed by their far superior opponents.

After a lively opening, Brazil finally made the breakthrough in the 14th minute when Liverpool forward Coutinho with a fierce shot. The same player made it 2-0 15 minutes later, tapping home after a defensive mix-up.

Brazil added a third in the 35th minute when goalkeeper Placide gifted the ball to Dani Alves, who crossed for Renato Augusto to head in.

Substitutes Gabriel Barbosa and Lucas Lima added goals in the 59th and 67th minute before Haiti gave their thousands of fans something to cheer in the 70th minute when James Marcelin side-footed in after a shot had been parried.

Augusto added Brazil’s sixth and his second of the night after Haiti again gave the ball away. Coutinho added the finishing touches when he bagged his hat-trick with a splendid curling effort from outside the box.

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