Brazil opened their 2018 World Cup campaign in style with a fantastic strike against Switzerland.
The South American giants, the favourites of many to win the whole tournament, could emphasise their title credentials with a win against the Swiss in Rostov – particularly with so many of their rivals struggling to make an impression thus far.
Tite’s side started the brighter of the two and were rewarded for their efforts with less than twenty minutes on the clock. After a nice bit of Brazilian passing, the ball was headed away by a Swiss defender into the path of Philippe Coutinho. Although there didn’t seem to be any immediate danger, the Barcelona playmaker took a touch to compose himself before unleashing a superb curling strike into the corner beating goalkeeper Yann Sommer all ends up.
Indeed, it was the sort of trademark strike that Barca fans, and Liverpool supporters before that, have are accustomed to from the £142m forward.
Wonderful goal by Coutinho; proper flowing Brazilian football in this game so far.
— David Conn (@david_conn) June 17, 2018
Great goal from Coutinho. Bending it in the top corner with his right foot. Never seen him do that before. ?
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 17, 2018
Oh my word @Phil_Coutinho !!!
Brasil 1 vs SUI 0
— Luis Garcia (@LuchoGarcia14) June 17, 2018
In a World Cup that has some seen tremendous strikes so far, Coutinho’s is right up there with the very best. It remains 1-0 to Brazil at the time of writing, with the Selecao still in control.