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Heaven and hell for Neymar in Brazil draw against Colombia

Heaven and hell for Neymar in Brazil draw against Colombia (©GettyImages)

Neymar was hero and villain for Brazil in their 1000th international on Wednesday, as the Santos star scored and missed a penalty in a 1-1 draw with Colombia in New York.

Brazil entered the encounter having won each of their previous six international matches, but were unable to celebrate their landmark match with victory against a Colombia side boasting the likes of Radamel Falcao and James Rodriguez.

It was reported Manchester United target Rodriguez who played a prominent role in Colombia's opener when Jose Pekerman's side took a deserved lead shortly before the half-time interval.

Rodriguez engaged in some neat passing with Macnelly Torres before releasing Juan Cuadrado down the right flank, and the Fiorentina man finished past Diego Alves after a surging run.

Brazil were level shortly after the hour mark when Neymar demonstrated his supreme talent by cutting inside two defenders and finishing superbly past the outstretched left hand of David Ospina.

Neymar, however, spurned a glorious opportunity to ensure Brazil recorded a seventh win in succession when he missed from the spot in quite ridiculous fashion after Dani Alves had been felled by Pablo Armero.

It will surely be remembered as one of the worst penalty kicks ever in an international match, as Neymar blazed the ball high into the stratosphere, and no way near the Colombia goal.

Watch the penalty miss above, and the wonder strike below...




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