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Coutinho scores brace as Brazil open Copa America tournament with win over Bolivia

- Brazil vs Bolivia ended in a 3-0 win to the Samba Boys as they begin their Copa America campaign

- Barcelona star Philippe Cotinho scored a brace and Everton scored the third with an absolute screamer

- Peru and Venezuela will play the second Group A match while Argentina takes on Colombia in Group B opener

Brazil vs Bolivia ended in 3-0 in favour of the Selecao as they open their 2019 Copa America campaign with a win

It took until the second half before Brazil got the ground running as Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho scored from a VAR-assisted penalty.

The 28-year-old soon completed his brace after he headed home a cross Roberto Firmino into an empty net to make it 2-0.

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Everton shot home a third from outside the box with five minutes remaining as Brazil won with three unreplied goals.

In the end, with a bit of patience, we opened things up, we had more of the ball and we created plays," captain Daniel Alves told reporters. "We deserved a big victory."

Brazil wore white shirts for the first time in more than 60 years while Bolivia rarely threatened at the other end after starting brightly.

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"Tactically Bolivia played well in the first half, the players responded well and when we got the ball we tried to go forward on a couple of important occasions and that left us positive," Bolivia coach Eduardo Villegas told reporters.

"But it was a game of two halves. We have to be honest and realistic, Brazil beat us and they beat us well."

Peru will slug it out with Venezuela in the second Group A game while Argentina takes on Colombia in Group B opener.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Philippe Coutinho has confessed he performed poorly during the 2018-19 campaign amid reports of a summer exit from Barcelona.

According to UK Sun report, the ex-Liverpool star has failed to re-enact his Premier League form, since his switch Barcelona 18 months ago.

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