Birthday boy! Philippe Coutinho

If ever there was a sign that Brazil were not feeling the enormous pressure weighing heavily on their shoulders, it was the manner in which they celebrated Philippe Coutinho’s 26th birthday on Tuesday.As the squad trained in the blistering heat in Sochi, the players took it upon themselves to lighten the mood by covering the Barcelona playmaker in eggs and flour, as is tradition in Brazil.Neymar and Gabriel Jesus were the prime instigators, rounding on Coutinho during the session. The Paris Saint-Germain star launched the flour before his strike partner Jesus cracked open an egg on Coutinho’s head as he lay there helpless while his team-mates erupted with laughter.
Philippe Coutinho celebrated his 26th birthday in training and the rest of the Brazil squad decided to celebrate it
In true Brazilian fashion, the squad, led by Neymar and Gabriel Jesus, covered Coutinho’s head in eggs and flour
The players burst into laughter as Coutinho lay helpless on the floor following the birthday celebrations in Sochi
The Brazil playmaker appeared in good spirits as he attempted to get away from the onslaught of eggs and flour
Coutinho saw the funny side of the birthday celebrations as he wheeled away from the group while laughing
The incident descended into a free-for-all when Thiago Silva turned on Neymar and hurled an egg at him
It was welcome respite for the Brazilian stars as they prepare for the global showpiece, which starts on Thursday

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