Proud Coutinho revels in Brazil win over Argentina

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The Liverpool midfielder, who opened the scoring with a brilliant goal, has expressed his pride at defeating their bitter rivals 3-0 in World Cup qualifying in Belo Horizonte.

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Philippe Coutinho has expressed his pride in helping high-flying Brazil beat South American rivals Argentina in World Cup qualifying, though the star attacker insists that his team-mates are remaining grounded.

Coutinho was on target as Brazil consolidated their position atop the CONMEBOL standings with a convincing 3-0 victory over Argentina in Belo Horizonte on Thursday.

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The deadlock was broken by Coutinho in stunning fashion, as he fired a thunderous shot into the top corner, before Neymar and Paulinho inflicted more misery on the visitors.

Brazil have now won five successive qualifiers to sit a point clear of second-placed Uruguay and Coutinho has revelled in yet another victory.

“Being in the squad is a very proud moment for me,” Coutinho said via Sport TV.

“To be able to participate in such a group, next to great players, playing a classic like this is cause for much happiness.

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“But of course we are still trying to achieve our ultimate goal, which is qualifying for the World Cup.

“Playing against Argentina has always been a big dream, every child dreams of wearing the shirt of Brazil and playing a classic like this.

“Today we prevailed on the field, the crowd helped a lot since the first whistle. We leave here very happy.”

Next up for Brazil is a trip to Peru on Tuesday.

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