Watch: Philippe Coutinho scores outrageous 25-yard beauty for Brazil
Philippe Coutinho offered another reminder of exactly what he can offer Aston Villa in the coming months with a stunning strike in Brazil’s World Cup qualifier against Paraguay.
The playmaker, who is on loan at Steven Gerrard’s Villa until the end of the season, has struggled for form and consistency ever since he left Liverpool to become Barcelona’s all-time record signing back in January 2018.
But Brazil coach Tite has continued to show faith in the 29-year-old, regularly calling him up for international duty despite his struggles in Catalonia.
That faith was rewarded as Coutinho scored a trademark long-range piledriver to double the Selecao’s lead, just after the hour mark, after Leeds United’s Raphinha opened the scoring with a classy finish in the first half.
Having scored and assisted on his Villa debut in a comeback 2-2 draw with Manchester United, it looks like Coutinho might just be getting back to his best.
No player has scored more goals from outside the box for Tite’s Brazil, with that his sixth strike from over 18 yards out.
“I was absent for a long time and I came out of a very complicated injury,” Coutinho told reporters after the match.
“I was called up for the previous two games for the Brazilian team but I hardly had a chance to play. I received a new opportunity now and I am happy to have delivered.
“I am very happy to have scored again for the Brazilian national team and to have scored again in this stadium with the Brazilian fans present.”
Brazil have long since booked their place at the World Cup in Qatar later this year, and currently sit top of the CONMEBOL rankings, having won 12 and drawn three of their 15 qualifiers to date.
Oh my word, Philippe Coutinho! 😱😱
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