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Cool Coutinho helps lacklustre Brazil forget Neymar woes in debut Copa win

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It was not pretty, nor particularly convincing at times, but Brazil will take it – and so will Philippe Coutinho. With a little help from the struggling Barcelona star and a welcome hand from VAR, the Copa America hosts overcame the loss of Neymar and sealed a 3-0 victory over Bolivia that on another day could have finished with a result far less favourable to the South American giants.

The Selecao caused the first stir of the Copa America as they walked out decked in white, a nod to their original colours that were all but jettisoned in the wake of the 1950 World Cup ‘Maracanazo’ at the hands of Uruguay in favour of the now more familiar yellow.

By the time the whistle blew for the end of the first half, though, the overall mood was rather grey. Bolivia have proved tricky opening game opposition for more than a few nations in the Copa and so they proved again, ceding control of the ball and inviting their illustrious rivals to try and break them down.

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Suarez ‘wanted to disappear from the world’ after Barcelona’s Champions League exit

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Barcelona forward Luis Suarez has confessed that the days after his club’s shock defeat to Liverpool in the Champions League semi-final were among the worst of his career.

Suarez, who moved to Catalonia from Anfield in 2014, opened the scoring for his current employers in a 3-0 first-leg victory at Camp Nou.

In the return leg Liverpool overcame that deficit with a 4-0 victory that shocked the Primera Division champions.

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No Copa, no GOAT? Messi has no chance of matching Maradona with this Argentina

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Lionel Messi may have won every trophy possible with his club, but failure to gain a major title at international level still haunts the Barcelona talisman.

Barring a minor miracle, however, he will not be breaking that drought at the head of Argentina’s 2019 Copa America squad. To put it bluntly, this is possibly the weakest and most disorganised national team he has been a part of to date.

The debate over whether Messi deserves the tag of Greatest of All Time, tiresome as it is, continues to rumble. If it were to be judged on pure footballing achievements the little Argentine wizard would perhaps have no peers, having performed feats on the pitch which have never been seen before and doing so consistently now for the best part of 15 years.

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‘Modric said find another number!’ – Hazard won’t fight for No. 10 shirt at Real Madrid

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Eden Hazard says he is not worried about shirt number or penalty kick responsibilities at Real Madrid, but rather fitting in with his new team-mates now that he’s finally with the club.

The Belgian completed a €100 million (£88m/$112m) move from Chelsea last week, putting an end to months of speculation leading him to the club.

Hazard is one of several incoming signings made by the club this summer, including striker Luka Jovic and defenders Eder Militao and Ferland Mendy.

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John Obi Mikel on his “last Afcon” and not having time for football in future

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Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel has hinted that the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) could be his last continental outing with the country.

Mikel has been a regular fixture in the national team frame since he made his Super Eagles debut back in August 2005 during a friendly match against Libya.

The former Chelsea midfielder has been named in Gernot Rohr’s final 23-man squad for the tournament in Egypt and he is now set to play in his fourth Afcon after previous appearances in the 2006, 2008 and 2013 editions.

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Levante forward Moses Simon ready to play wing-back role for Nigeria at the Afcon

Levante forward Moses Simon ready to play wing-back role for Nigeria at the Afcon

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Levante forward Moses Simon ready to play wing-back role for Nigeria at the Afcon

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'They followed the match plan' - Thomas Dennerby hails Nigeria after South Korea win

‘They followed the match plan’ – Thomas Dennerby hails Nigeria after South Korea win

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‘They followed the match plan’ – Thomas Dennerby hails Nigeria after South Korea win

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Premier League fixtures released: Man Utd-Chelsea & West Ham-Man City kick off 2019-20 season

Premier League fixtures released: Man Utd-Chelsea & West Ham-Man City kick off 2019-20 season

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Premier League fixtures released: Man Utd-Chelsea & West Ham-Man City kick off 2019-20 season

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Mbappe scores 100th career goal in France victory

Mbappe scores 100th career goal in France victory

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Mbappe scores 100th career goal in France victory

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13-0! The incredible stats behind the USWNT's record-breaking Thailand win

13-0! The incredible stats behind the USWNT’s record-breaking Thailand win

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13-0! The incredible stats behind the USWNT’s record-breaking Thailand win

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