By Adebayo Williams
Brazil forward Neymar bagged his 50th goal in 78 appearances for the Selecao in the 3-0 win over Argentina on Thursday at the Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Philippe Coutinho, Neymar and Paulinho were the goalscorers as the Brazilians cruised to three points. It was an impressive performance that was made all the more so given the stature of their opponents. Brazil were particularly effective in the final third when Neymar and Coutinho put their creativity on display.
Coutinho has been one of the driving forces behind Liverpool’s hot start to the Premier League season, and he carried that form over to Thursday night, providing the opener in the 25th minute.
The goal will be familiar to those who have watched Coutinho’s work with the Reds. The 24-year-old received a pass on the left from Neymar and cut inside to bring the ball on his right foot. After taking a couple of dribbles, he unleashed a powerful shot past Argentine goalkeeper Sergio Romero and into the back of the net.
Neymar doubled Brazil’s advantage in the first minute of first-half injury time. The Barcelona attacker got in behind the Argentina defense, with Gabriel Jesus delivering a perfect through ball to send him clear on goal. Neymar calmly slid his effort into the bottom right corner.
Source: Bleacher Report