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Brazil vs. Bolivia score: Coutinho shines in Copa America opener, hosts win without injured Neymar


With Neymar out of the cup due to injury, Coutinho is now the creator in attack, and he didn't disappoint, though the team was booed at half time.


After the video assistant referee confirmed a penalty kick early in the first half, Coutinho scored his first goal in the 50th minute, finishing with precision from the spot:


Then just three minutes later, a quality run of play for Brazil was capped by a Coutinho header to make it 2-0 and all but put it away:


The victory gives Brazil three points in Group A and a bit of momentum to start the cup, in which they are the favorites to win it.


Roger Gonzalez is an award-winning writer based in Virginia that has covered pro soccer from Europe's top clubs to Argentina's first division.


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