Coutinho conjured up the sort of form which made him one of Liverpool's most potent attackers in the Premier League last season as the Brazilians outclassed Haiti in the first ever competitive meeting of the two nations.

The 23-year-old attacking midfielder grabbed his first two goals inside the first half hour of a one-sided Group B game at Orlando's Citrus Bowl in Florida. Coutinho then grabbed his third in the dying seconds of injury time, curling in a spectacular shot to complete a fine night's work.
     
Brazil, who had drawn 0-0 with Ecuador in a lackustre opening game last weekend, now lead Group B on goal difference, level on four points with Peru, who were held 2-2 by the Ecuadorans elsewhere on Wednesday.

Brazil manager Dunga was left purring with pleasure at the performance of Coutinho, who scored 12 goals in all competitions for Liverpool this season.
     
"He is really taking advantage of the opportunities he has been given," Brazil's 1994 World Cup-winning captain said.

"We have talked quite a lot to him about being the 'Liverpool Coutinho' - to take the initiative, be a leading part of the team, all within his own style," added the coach. Brazil's other goals came from Renato Augusto (2), teenage star Gabriel Barbosa and Lucas Lima.

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