Brazil hammer hapless Haiti 7-1 in Copa massacre


Brazil forward Jonas (9) and Haiti defender Romain Genevois (5) fight to control the ball during the ...
Brazil forward Jonas (9) and Haiti defender Romain Genevois (5) fight to control the ball during the first half of the group play stage of the 2016 Copa America Centenario at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Philippe Coutinho grabbed a hat-trick as Brazil ramped up their Copa America campaign with a resounding 7-1 win over a hapless Haiti on Wednesday.

Renato Augusto scored a brace and substitutes Lucas Lima and Gabriel also goaled for Brazi, while James Marcelin put in Haiti’s consolation goal.

The scoreline — identical to Brazil’s nightmare 7-1 defeat by Germany in the World Cup semi-final two years ago — takes Brazil to the top of Group B with four points, ahead of the evening’s second game between Peru and Ecuador.

Coutinho got Brazil off to a positive start in the Camping World stadium with a goal after 14 minutes when he skipped past a defender and hammered home from 20 meters out.

He doubled Brazil’s lead 15 minutes later thanks to Jonas, who was on hand to poke a loose ball across goal and leave the Liverpool player with the simplest of tap-ins.

Renato Augusto made it three in 35 minutes when he rose unmarked to head home a cross from the right.

Although the eight-time Copa America champions appeared to take their foot off the pedal in the second half, they still created chances at will against 74th-ranked Haiti.

Gabriel scored the fourth just 13 minutes after replacing Jonas at half-time and his Santos team mate Lucas Lima nodded home a Dani Alves cross eight minutes later.

Haitian striker Marcelin delighted the Caribbean contingent in the Orlando crowd by hammering in a rebound but Renato Augusto restored Brazil’s five-goal advantage when he seized on a loose pass and side-footed home from 20 meters.

Coutinho completed his hat trick in the final minute of injury time with a trademark 25-metre strike.

Brazil, who were held 0-0 by Ecuador in their opener, next face Peru on Sunday. Haiti, who also lost their opener to Peru 1-0, will take on Ecuador.

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