ORLANDO, FLORIDA: This was a 7-1 scoreline Brazil could enjoy.
Philippe Coutinho scored his first international hat trick, Renato Augusto had two goals and Brazil routed Haiti 7-1 on Wednesday night in the Copa America.
Coutinho scored in the 14th and 29th minutes to build a 2-0 lead, then added a goal on a 20-yard drive in the second minute of second-half stoppage time. The Liverpool midfielder’s only previous goal for Brazil was against Mexico in an exhibition on June 7 last year.
Gabriel Barbosa and Lucas Lima also scored for Brazil in a scoreline that matched the devastating defeat for the Selecao in the 2014 World Cup semifinals against Germany at Belo Horizonte.
“We have been encouraging Coutinho during training to be the player he is in Liverpool, take advantage of his opportunities and he did that for us,” Brazil’s coach Dunga said. “He has been acquiring more trust and belief in himself and taking more risks. That is what we wanted.”
Brazil have four points in Group B and completes group play on Sunday against Peru, who tied Ecuador 2-2.