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Saturday, June 15, 2019

Coutinho Twice Brazil defeat Bolivia in Copa America Opener

Copa America 2019: Coutinho Twice Brazil win Over Bolivia in Copa Opener.




With the help of Barcelona star, Philip Coutinho and a welcome hand from VAR and two-goal scores again and again in 2nd half, the Copa America hosts overcame the loss of Neymar and sealed a 3-0 victory over Bolivia that on another day could have finished with a result far less favourable to the South American giants.



Copa America 2019: Coutinho Twice Brazil win Over Bolivia in Copa Opener.




 In the first half, the overall mood was rather grey. Bolivia has proved tricky opening game opposition for more than a few nations in the Copa and so they proved again, ceding control of the ball and inviting their rivals to try and break them down.

 A few minutes later into the second half Bolivia found themselves cursing VAR when referee Nestor Pitana turned to the technology – present for the first time at a Copa America 2019 – to investigate a marginal handball. The Argentine pointed to the spot and up stepped Coutinho, giving Lampe no chance with a fine hit to the keeper's right-hand side to give Brazil a lead that looked unlikely to arrive through open play.
Just 2-3 minutes, the Philip Coutinho again celebrating the second goal with a free header teed up perfectly by former Liverpool team-mate Roberto Firmino.


 The only real moment of dazzling individual skill came late on, from the boot of late substitute Everton, who let fly with a wonderful long-range shot to put the game out of reach at 3-0.




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