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Brazil 7-1 Haiti

Brazil "do a Germany" as they hammer hapless Haiti

Eight-times Copa América champions Brazil matched their mauling by Germany at World Cup 2014 in beating lowly Haiti 7-1 to record their first win of the tournament

 Brazil forward Jonas (9) passes the ball against the Haiti during the first half of the group play stage of the 2016 Copa America Centenario at Camping World Stadium.
Kim KlementUSA Today Sports

Philippe Coutinho bagged a hat-trick as Brazil ramped up their Copa America campaign with a resounding 7-1 win over a hapless Haiti on Wednesday night. Renato Augusto scored a brace and substitutes Lucas Lima and Gabriel also netted for Brazil, while James Marcelin put in Haiti's consolation goal.

Brazil do a Germany

The scoreline -- identical to Brazil's nightmare 7-1 defeat by Germany in the World Cup semi-final two years ago – takes Brazil to the top of Group B with four points.

Brazil's Philippe Coutinho celebrates after one of hishat-trick goals against Haiti
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Brazil's Philippe Coutinho celebrates after one of hishat-trick goals against HaitiJohn RaouxAP

Coutinho got Brazil off to a positive start in the Camping World stadium with a goal after 14 minutes when he skipped past a defender and hammered home from 20 metres out. He doubled Brazil's lead 15 minutes later thanks to Jonas, who was on hand to poke a loose ball across goal and leave the Liverpool player with the simplest of tap-ins. Renato Augusto made it three in 35 minutes when he rose unmarked to head home a cross from the right.

Although the eight-times Copa America champions appeared to take their foot off the pedal in the second half, they still created chances at will against 74th-ranked Haiti. Gabriel scored the fourth just 13 minutes after replacing Jonas at half-time and his Santos team mate Lucas Lima nodded home a Dani Alves cross eight minutes later.

Haitian striker Marcelin delighted the Caribbean contingent in the Orlando crowd by hammering in a rebound but Renato Augusto restored Brazil's five-goal advantage when he seized on a loose pass and side-footed home from 20 metres.

Coutinho completed his hat trick in the final minute of injury time with a trademark 25-metre strike.

Peru 2 - 2 Ecuador 

Peru player Renato Tapia rises for a header
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Peru player Renato Tapia rises for a headerGARY M WILLIAMSEFE

Elsewhere in group B on Wednesday, Ecuador frustrated Peru's hopes of sealing their Copa America Centenario quarter-final berth, fighting back from two goals down to snatch a 2-2 draw.

A superb strike from West Ham's Enner Valencia and a second half effort from Brazil-based midfielder Miller Bolanos completed a gutsy fightback for Ecuador who had earlier gone 2-0 down inside the first 13 minutes.

Group B evenly poised 

Peru, who had beaten Haiti in their opening Group B game on Saturday, appeared to be cruising into the last eight after the early efforts from Christian Cueva and Edison Flores. But Ecuador's fightback leaves Group B evenly poised heading into the final round of games.

Brazil next face Peru on Sunday, while Haiti will take on Ecuador.


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