Coutinho helps Brazil past Bolivia in Copa opener

first_imgPhilippe Coutinho scored a brace as Brazil opened the Copa America with a 3-0 win over Bolivia in Sao Paulo.After an underwhelming first half at Estadio do Morumbi, Coutinho scored twice within eight minutes of the restart to put Brazil in control on Friday.A VAR check and handball led Coutinho to the penalty spot and the Barcelona star made no mistake in the 50th minute before making it 2-0 three minutes later after capping a sweeping move. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Everton came off the bench and scored the goal of the night with a blistering effort from outside the area in the 84th minute as the Selecao – who have won the Copa on each of the previous four occasions they have hosted in 1919, 1922, 1949 and 1989 – made a winning start in Group A.GOOOOOOOOOL DO BRASIL! Mais um gol de Philippe Coutinho, agora de cabeça!!2 x 0  | #JogaBola #BRAxBOL pic.twitter.com/sHeGi03rzs— CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) June 15, 2019Playing without superstar Neymar after he was ruled out of the tournament with an ankle injury, 2018 World Cup quarter-finalists Brazil dominated but struggled to create any real clear-cut chances.Thiago Silva saw a header flash wide of the post and Casemiro came close with an audacious effort for Brazil, who had 77 per cent of the possession in the opening 45 minutes.The half-time whistle was met by a chorus of boos around the stadium amid a subdued atmosphere as Brazil failed to impress against Bolivia – a nation in which they had won nine and drawn two of the past 11 games on home soil, scoring 46 goals and conceding just four times.But a VAR check helped ease some of the tension and pressure with the ground after Adrian Jusino was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the penalty area.Coutinho successfully converted the spot-kick before he completed a quick-fire double after latching on to Roberto Firmino’s cross at the back post.The result was never in doubt from that point as Brazil turned the boos into cheers in the south-west of Sao Paulo, where substitute Everton scored a stunning long-range goal with six minutes remaining. What does it mean? Brazil up and running with 100th winSeeking a ninth Copa title and first since 2007, Tite’s Brazil got the job done in Friday’s curtain-raiser. It was not perfect but the Selecao managed to claim their 100th Copa victory.Coutinho takes centre stageThe Barcelona attacker struggled at Camp Nou in 2018-19, leading to speculation of a possible return to the Premier League via Chelsea or Manchester United. Coutinho, however, stepped up when Brazil needed him most with his first international brace since scoring a hat-trick against Haiti at the Copa America Centenario.Improvement needed by BrazilIf the half-time boos were any indication, Brazil did not meet expectations prior to the break. Richarlison and Roberto Firmino were virtually non-existent in the first half, while Coutinho and David Neres struggled to make an impact. The Selecao did beat Bolivia but they will be punished against better opposition if they do not improve.What’s next?Brazil will look to make it two wins from two against Venezuela on Tuesday, while Bolivia face Peru on the same day. read morelast_img read more

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World Cup 2019: West Indies star Andre Russell ruled out with injury

first_imgWorld Cup 2019: West Indies star Andre Russell ruled out with injuryWorld Cup 2019: Andre Russell will be replaced by Sunil Ambris in the West Indies World Cup squad after the star all-rounder was ruled out with an injury.advertisement India Today Web Desk LondonJune 24, 2019UPDATED: June 24, 2019 20:03 IST Andre Russell has been ruled out of World Cup 2019 due to injury. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSWest Indies all-rounder Andre Russell has been ruled out of the World Cup with an injuryAndre Russell will be replaced by Sunil Ambris in the West Indies squadRussell played only 4 matches and did not make any impact for West Indies in the World CupWest Indies all-rounder Andre Russell has been ruled out of the 2019 Cricket World Cup with injury and he will be replaced by Sunil Ambris in the squad.West Indies still have an outside chance of making it to the semi-finals despite winning only 1 game out of 6 in the World Cup so far. Russell, who had a brilliant IPL season with Kolkata Knight Riders.Andre Russell played only 4 matches for West Indies in the World Cup and was unable to recreate his IPL magic for West Indies. He did not bat against Pakistan in his team’s tournament opener but picked 2 for 4 in a fiery burst. Russell picked 2 more wickets against Australia but managed only 15 in a failed run chase.BREAKING: Andre Russell has been ruled out of the rest of #CWC19 through injury. Sunil Ambris will join the West Indies squad as his replacement.#CWC19 | #MenInMaroon pic.twitter.com/BuhWdjskzq Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 24, 2019Against England, Russell scored 21 without picking up a wicket before returning figures of 1 for 42 against Bangladesh. Carlos Brathwaite, who replaced Russell in the playing XI after his injury, smashed an unbeaten 100 and almost took West Indies to a dream victory over table-toppers New Zealand.Andre Russell will be replaced by Sunil Ambris, a 26-year-old batsman, who has played 6 ODIs and averages 105.33. He has 1 hundred and 1 fifty to his name in the 50-over format.Also Read | World Cup 2019: ‘Strange’ for Australians asking fans not to boo Smith and Warner, says BairstowAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Shoaib Akhtar advises Babar Azam to emulate Virat KohliAlso SeeadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Andre RussellFollow Sunil Ambris Nextlast_img read more

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