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Coutinho Scores As Brazil See Off Ecuador

Philippe Coutinho Scores As Brazil See Off Ecuador

By Keegan Kruger - Sep 01, 2017 08:01 AM @KeeganKruger

FC Barcelona target Philippe Coutinho found the back of the net as Brazil beat Ecuador 2-0 in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier on Friday morning.

Click through the gallery above to see images of Brazil beating Ecuador 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier. 

The match in Porto Alegre did not reach its full potential as the Selecao struggled to get going in the first half.

A few chances were created, with Barcelona new boy Paulinho trying his luck early in the opening minutes, while Chelsea attacker Willian went close inside 10 minutes.

Brazil were not troubled by their South American counterparts in the first half, with scoreline staying goalless at the break.

The second half started much brighter for Tite's men, Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus coming close to breaking the deadlock, but it wasn't to be.

A goal finally came in the 69th minute, after a Willian corner landed in front of Paulinho, who fired the ball into the back of the net.

A few minutes later, substitute Philippe Coutinho doubled the lead with a beautiful volley, assisted by Gabriel Jesus.

Ecuador managed only 25% of possession throughout the game, with their first and only shot on goal coming in the 91st minute, from a free-kick.

Already assured of their spot at the World Cup in Russia next year, Brazil cannot be caught at the top of the South American standings after moving 11 points clear of second-placed Colombia with three games remaining. 

2018 FIFA World Cup South American Standings:

                         MP         W            D             L              GF          GA          +/-          Pts         

Brazil               15           11            3               1             37            10          27          36          

Colombia         15           7              4              4              18           15           3            25          

Uruguay           15           7              3              5              26           17           9            24          

Chile                15           7              2              6              24           22           2            23          

Argentina         15           6              5              4              15           14           1            23          

Peru                 15           6              3              6              24           24           0            21          

Paraguay         15           6              3              6              16           21           -5           21          

Ecuador           15           6              2              7              23           22           1            20          

Bolivia              15           3              1              11           13           34           -21          10          

Venezuela        15           1              4              10           17           34           -17           7


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Ntsunda11 Joined: 17 Feb 2016
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Ntsunda11 Sep 01, 2017 01:48 PM
Just wish Liverpool won't allow to be bullied by barcelona and keep Countinho then sold him to another big financial muscle team. Just for control
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Chiefester Sep 01, 2017 12:50 PM
The boy is even crying. #LetCoutinhoGo
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Matayitayi Sep 01, 2017 12:27 PM
Klopp is a coward, why not release the boy to Barca? nxaaa
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THE NK Sep 01, 2017 11:09 AM
I like it for the Brazil
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king mosha Sep 01, 2017 10:19 AM
LOL I THOUGHT COUTINHO WAS INJURED MMMM KLOPP RELEASE THE BOY WANTS TO PLAY FOR A BETTER TEAM YOU CANNOT FORCE A HORSE TO DRINK WATER
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MR RELIABLE1 Sep 01, 2017 09:34 AM
Cowtinoh is not injured now
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MOKOKOTLO Sep 01, 2017 09:14 AM
wow paulinho ( bacca player) and coutinho( the wanted)

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