Philippe Coutinho runs the show as Brazil hit seven against sorry Haiti

Brazil moved top of Group B with a comprehensive 7-1 victory over Haiti, who become the first team to eliminated from Copa Amrica

Philippe Coutinho scored a brilliant hat-trick his first ever for his national team as Brazil crushed Haiti 7-1 in Orlando to move top of Group B, and send the Haitians packing after two straight losses.

Brazil, who had failed to sparkle in their opening game against Ecuador, were far too strong for Haiti, and in Liverpool forward Coutinho possessed the games outstanding player. Dungas team move ahead of Ecuador and Peru, who play later on Wednesday evening. Brazils 7-1 victory represented the biggest win of Copa Amrica so far.

Coutinho opened the scoring with a fierce shot in the 14th minute, and Brazil never let up. Coutinho tapped home after a defensive mix-up 15 minutes later, and Renato Augusto made it three shortly afterwards. Haiti looked distinctly second best.

They improved for a short while after the break, but Gabriel, a half-time substitute, slotted home coolly to make it four, and Lucas Lima, who replaced Casemiro, craned his neck to head past Johnny Placide and make it 5-0.

James Marcelin gave the largely pro-Haitian crowd of 28,241 in Orlando something to cheer with a close-range finish after good work from the substitute Duckens Nazon, but then Brazil added two more in the dying minutes: Augusto got his second minutes from the end, and Coutinho completed his hat-trick with a fine curling shot in stoppage time arguably the games best goal. The Liverpool stars only previous goal for Brazil was against Mexico in a friendly on 7 June last year.

Haiti were outclassed; Brazil looked much improved from their dreary first game against Ecuador. They play Peru in Gillette Stadium in Foxborough on Sunday, and a win would likely send them through as group winners unless Ecuador win their remaining two games and score a hatful in the process.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/jun/08/philippe-coutinho-hat-trick-brazil-seven-sorry-haiti

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