Philippe Coutinho scores his first Brazil goal in Mexico win

Philippe Coutinho scores his first Brazil goal
Image: Philippe Coutinho scores his first Brazil goal

Philippe Coutinho opened his account in style with his first international goal as Brazil beat Mexico 2-0 in a pre-Copa America encounter in Sao Paulo.

Coutinho scored just before the half-hour mark finishing past Corona from the tightest of angles. The Liverpool man strolled past a defender and was Brazil's star player. Diego Tardelli tapped in the second just eight minutes later.

Dunga will be happy with the way that his side managed to put goals on the board with Neymar missing. The Barcelona man scored eight goals in as many games for his country prior to this fixture.

Mexico have one eye on the Copa America and another on the Gold Cup immediately afterwards, which has always been viewed as a priority.

Brazil's Diego Tardelli celebrates his goal against Mexico.
Image: Brazil's Diego Tardelli celebrates his goal against Mexico.

Miguel Herrera named an experimental line-up and they look every bit the B team that many people foresaw when Herrera named his squad for the Chile tournament.

Coutinho was the star performer for Brazil but both sides still struggled to maintain possession and string together consistent attacks, but Dunga's side did enough.

Brazil really shouldn't expect things to be this easy in the Copa America this summer but they continued their superb form since their World Cup exit to Germany. Their  winning run extended to nine straight games, including triumphs against heavyweights like France, Chile, Argentina and Colombia.

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