Philippe Coutinho scores first Brazil goal

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Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho opened his account for Brazil last night after a cheeky goal in his country's final warm-up game before the Copa America.

The creative midfielder looked to be pinned to the touchline before a smart turn gave him space to work a cross from a tight angle.

The 22-year-old, however, decided to work a shooting opportunity instead. As the keeper committed himself to preventing a low cross, Coutinho placed the ball perfectly at the near post. This was Coutinho's first goal in a Brazil shirt in seven appearances.

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The youngster has enjoyed a fine season for Liverpool and turned heads earlier this season when he earned a call-up to his national side, ahead of Brazil regular Oscar.

When asked about the goal Coutinho was quoted by Liverpool's official website as saying: "When I saw the 'keeper, I assumed he was expecting me to cross the ball and was ready to jump on to it.

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"I then decided to shoot in the space between him and the bar, and it worked out."

Brazil, who play their first game of the tournament against Peru on the 14th June will be glad to see their young midfielder in such fine form ahead of the tournament.

The Rio de Janeiro born player will be hoping he can inspire his side all the way to victory this time out, after Brazil were sent home at just the quarter final stage in 2011.

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