Brazil wins, eliminates Haiti

Action from the Copa America Centenario game between Brazil and Haiti (red jersey) on June 8, 2016, in Orlando, Florida, USA. (Photo: Mexsport)

ORLANDO, Florida – Philippe Coutinho scored three goals and Brazil (1W-1D-0L, 4 points) earned a 7-1 win over Haiti (0-0-2, 0) in the Copa America Centenario on Wednesday at Camping World Stadium.

The Brazilians moved provisionally into first place in Group B, with Peru (1-0-0, 3) and Ecuador (0-1-0, 1) set to meet later in the evening. Haiti, which qualified for the competition by beating in Trinidad & Tobago in a single-game playoff, was eliminated from contention.

Coutinho netted his first career hat trick, opening the scoring in the 14th minute off a strike from 25-yards out. He also tapped in from close range in the 29th minute after Dani Alves’ right-sided cross found Jonas, who made a square pass to his left. The Liverpool completed his momentous evening in second-half stoppage time with a curling strike from outside the penalty area.

Renato Augusto struck twice for Brazil, heading in a Dani Alves cross in the 35th minute and capitalizing on a turnover with four minutes remaining in normal time.

Brazil’s other goals were scored by second-half substitutes Gabriel and Lucas Lima in the 59th and 67th minutes, respectively.

James Marcelin netted the only goal for Haiti in the 70th minute, when Duckens Nazon and Max Hilaire combined to force goalkeeper Alisson into a block, allowing James Marcelin knock in the rebound at the right post.

Brazil will close group play on Sunday against Peru in Foxborough, Massachusetts, while Haiti will take on Ecuador in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

BUDWEISER MAN OF THE MATCH: Philippe Coutinho (Brazil)