Brazil kicks off the Copa America with a win against Bolivia

With a brace from Philippe Coutinho and a spectacular goal from Everton, Brazil kicked off the Copa America with a win against Bolivia at Morumbi.

The Copa America finally kicked off this Friday in Brazil, the hosts received the visit of Bolivia in the first match of Group A at Morumbi Stadium.

The whole city of Sao Paulo got paralyzed to watch the start of this new tournament, which has been on hiatus for three years after 2016’s Copa America Centenario.

The Brazil squad without Neymar didn’t really struggle that much to get a victory against a much weaker Bolivian side.

The locals wore the infamous white kit with which they lost that legendary 1950 World Cup final against Uruguay, but they played great football this evening.

In fact, the squad managed by ‘Tite’ didn’t show any weaknesses during the whole 90 minutes.

They dominated the whole game with several chances that could’ve given them an even greater victory than the one they got in the end.

Philippe Coutinho stepped up to become his country’s biggest hope to win the competition, he scored a double that took a little while to come.

The first half was filled with offensive mistakes from the Brazilian squad, they needed to get a penalty in order to find that sweet spot.

Argentine referee Nestor Pitana was the one who officiated this first match, he is the same ref that took care of the World Cup final in Russia between France and Croatia.

He needed a bit of help from VAR to call a penalty properly after Jusino touched the ball with his hand inside the box.

The ref called the penalty and Philippe Coutinho stepped up to take the shot, he scored Brazil’s goal early in the second half with a potent strike to the goalie’s right bottom corner.

It took Brazil only a few minutes to find that second goal that gave them a chance to take a breather and control the rest of the game.

Philippe Coutinho made a connection with Roberto Firmino in order to remind us of their good old days at Liverpool.

The Reds’ striker sent a clinical cross to the heart of the box where Phil was waiting to connect with a header.

It was already 2-0 and the second half was only into the seventh minute, this kind of looked like it could end in a tragedy for Bolivia.

However, manager ‘Tite’ requested his players to cool down a little bit during the final half hour of the match.

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The coach only took Firmino out of the game early in the second half, he gave Gabriel Jesus a chance to play for the last 25 minutes.

The Brazilian squad kept the rest of the players until the final 10 minutes, when the gaffer made another two substitutions.

‘Tite’ took Richarlison and Neres out of the game in order to let Everton and Willian a chance to play a few minutes, the young forward from Gremio responded to the manager’s trust in spectacular fashion.

With five minutes still left on the clock, Everton received a ball from Fernandinho that appeared completely inconsequential.

The young winger took the ball and moved in a diagonal to the middle with good pacing, he released a long distance shot that surprise everybody.

Everton scored a beautiful goal that gave Brazil the final 3-0 result, this is more than what many expected from this squad without Neymar.

The PSG star watched the match from the comfort of his house, which is coincidentally close to where the game took place in Sao Paulo.

Now that the first game of this Copa America is out of the way, we got Venezuela playing against Peru in the other match from the same group.

Later on the same day, we have Argentine playing their first match of Group B against the Colombia National Team.

The oldest international tournament between countries is underway, we got a great first result from the Brazilians in their own turf.

Now on to the next matches, which we expect can be as exciting as this one.

Brazil still hasn’t shown any real weaknesses during their first commitment, but they won’t have to suffer too much during the group stage.

The real challenge will come until the knock out stages when they face stronger opponents.

What did you think of Brazil’s first Copa America match against Bolivia? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.

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