Brazil got their first win of the 2016 Copa America Centenario on Wednesday night. They beat Haiti by the comprehensive and all to familiar scoreline of 7-1. That's the same score that saw the Selecao humiliated in the 2014 FIFA World Cup by Germany on their home soil.
The star of the evening was undoubtedly Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho. The diminutive Brazilian magician has struggled to earn chances on the international level with his country possessing so much attacking talent. With players such as Neymar and Douglas Costa unavailable for this tournament, Coutinho finally has his chance to shine on the international stage.
He took advantage of it by scoring the first hat trick of the Copa America.
Coutinho's first goal of the night was a simply stunning effort that saw him dribble at least 20 yards, blow past a defender, and strike a laser to the near post that beat the Haiti goalkeeper:
His second of the night was bit fortuitous as Jonas did great work in the box and found Phil wide open in front of goal for an east tap-in:
The goal that clinched the hat trick was the best of the night. Coutinho again picked up possession on the left flank, dribbled past a defender and curled an unstoppable shot to the far post:
He only had one goal in his international career heading into the match. A hat trick later and he's proven why he's one of the most exciting players in the world to watch. Hopefully this leads to many more opportunities with Brazil because he certainly deserves them as this match proved.