Report: Brazil 3 Bolivia 0

first_imgPhilippe Coutinho scored a brace as Brazil opened the Copa America with a 3-0 win over Bolivia in Sao Paulo.After an underwhelming first half at Estadio do Morumbi, Coutinho scored twice within eight minutes of the restart to put Brazil in control on Friday.A VAR check and handball led Coutinho to the penalty spot and the Barcelona star made no mistake in the 50th minute before making it 2-0 three minutes later after capping a sweeping move. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Everton came off the bench and scored the goal of the night with a blistering effort from outside the area in the 84th minute as the Selecao – who have won the Copa on each of the previous four occasions they have hosted in 1919, 1922, 1949 and 1989 – made a winning start in Group A.GOOOOOOOOOL DO BRASIL! Mais um gol de Philippe Coutinho, agora de cabeça!!2 x 0  | #JogaBola #BRAxBOL— CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) June 15, 2019Playing without superstar Neymar after he was ruled out of the tournament with an ankle injury, 2018 World Cup quarter-finalists Brazil dominated but struggled to create any real clear-cut chances.Thiago Silva saw a header flash wide of the post and Casemiro came close with an audacious effort for Brazil, who had 77 per cent of the possession in the opening 45 minutes.The half-time whistle was met by a chorus of boos around the stadium amid a subdued atmosphere as Brazil failed to impress against Bolivia – a nation in which they had won nine and drawn two of the past 11 games on home soil, scoring 46 goals and conceding just four times.But a VAR check helped ease some of the tension and pressure with the ground after Adrian Jusino was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the penalty area.Coutinho successfully converted the spot-kick before he completed a quick-fire double after latching on to Roberto Firmino’s cross at the back post.The result was never in doubt from that point as Brazil turned the boos into cheers in the south-west of Sao Paulo, where substitute Everton scored a stunning long-range goal with six minutes remaining. What does it mean? Brazil up and running with 100th winSeeking a ninth Copa title and first since 2007, Tite’s Brazil got the job done in Friday’s curtain-raiser. It was not perfect but the Selecao managed to claim their 100th Copa victory.Coutinho takes centre stageThe Barcelona attacker struggled at Camp Nou in 2018-19, leading to speculation of a possible return to the Premier League via Chelsea or Manchester United. Coutinho, however, stepped up when Brazil needed him most with his first international brace since scoring a hat-trick against Haiti at the Copa America Centenario.Improvement needed by BrazilIf the half-time boos were any indication, Brazil did not meet expectations prior to the break. Richarlison and Roberto Firmino were virtually non-existent in the first half, while Coutinho and David Neres struggled to make an impact. The Selecao did beat Bolivia but they will be punished against better opposition if they do not improve.What’s next?Brazil will look to make it two wins from two against Venezuela on Tuesday, while Bolivia face Peru on the same day. read morelast_img read more

Karnataka JDSCong govt in danger as 11 MLAs resign

first_imgNew Delhi: As the political crisis in Karnataka deepened on Saturday, the government led by the ruling alliance of Congress and JDS is under ‘great’ threat as 11 legislators from the ruling coalition government have tendered their resignations to the office of the Speaker. However, the Speaker had not yet accepted the resignation of legislators.Meanwhile, resort politics returned to haunt the Congress-JDS coalition government with 10 MLAs, who submitted their resignation, leaving for Mumbai on Saturday. These MLAs are likely to stay in a Hotel there, sources close to them said. They left by a chartered flight, they said. Also Read – IAF Day: Tributes paid to soldiers killed in line of duty in JammuInterestingly, the ball is now in the court of the Speaker. According to political experts, if the Speaker accepts the resignation of all the 11 MLAs, the strength of the House would be reduced to 213 and the ruling alliance would need the strength of 107 MLAs to remain seated in power. “In this case, the ruling coalition would crash and they wouldn’t be able to prove their majority if Governor allows a vote of confidence,” the expert said. However, Congress leaders have expressed their confidence in saving the government from BJP’s attempt to topple it. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps, 20 launch pads along LoCNotably, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy is still in the USA on holiday and he is expected to be back by Sunday while the Congress has sent its state in-charge KC Venugopal to control the damage and keep its legislators intact. Eleven legislators submitted their resignations to the Speaker on Saturday evening, while he was not in office. Ten of these legislators also met the Governor at the Raj Bhavan. “We have given our resignation to the Speaker’s office. We have brought this to the notice of the Governor as well. We urge that our resignations be accepted,” H Vishwanath, a JDS lawmaker said after meeting the Governor. Vishwanath was removed as JDS state president just days ago. The Congress and JDS together have 116 in the 224-member state assembly where 113 is the majority mark. The coalition will crash if 14 lawmakers quit. The year-old coalition that remained unstable from the start has struggled with revolt and infighting since it came to power in May last year. This time, it is Congress loyalist Ramalinga Reddy who is preparing to cross over with a group of lawmakers. “I have come to submit my resignation to the Speaker,” Ramalinga Reddy told reporters while waiting at Speaker Ramesh Kumar’s office.last_img read more