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South America: Neymar can’t mask fury at red card (+video)

Posted in South America Football by peterbein on April 7, 2011

Brazilian wunderkind Neymar was sent off in bizarre circumstances during a Copa Libertadores match on Wednesday night.

Santos FC were already 2-0 ahead in their Group 5 match against Chileans Colo Colo when Neymar popped up to score a beautiful goal in the 53rd minute to increase the São Paulo outfit’s lead to three goals. During Neymar’s goal celebration a mask was thrown from the crowd and the young star put it on. Although the mask turned out to be one of the player himself the referee failed to see the funny side to Neymar’s antics and proceeded to give him a second yellow card, therefore earning himself a red one in the process. Neymar, understandably, was furious at the decision to expel him from the pitch but he did end up smiling in the end as his team, despite a nervy last ten minutes, held out for a 3-2 win. The win was crucial for the Brazilians as they lie third in the group, one point behind Colo Colo and three behind leaders Cerro Porteño with two games to play.

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