Brazil's hopes of winning the 2015 Copa America in Chile were dealt a significant blow after last night's surprise 1-0 defeat against Colombia, which ended with an unsavoury brawl between players of both teams and resulted in a red card for Neymar.
The Barcelona forward was given his marching orders moments after the final whistle for his part played in a feisty encounter that boiled over as soon as the match was ended at Estadio Monumental David Arellano.
Replays captured Neymar kicking the ball in the direction of Pablo Armero in frustration after the official blew up, but that wasn't why the 23-year-old was reprimanded. It appears he tried to land a head-butt on match-winner Jeison Murillo, and that's why Enrique Osses had no option but to send the player off.
The former Santos man's conduct prompted an angry reaction from Colombian substitute Carlos Bacca, who immediately tried to seek revenge by aggressively shoving Neymar - almost to the ground - which resulted in another red card for the Sevilla striker.
However, despite the distasteful climax to the game Jose Pekerman will be delighted with the outcome after his side produced an impressive display to end Brazilian coach Dunga’s run of 11 consecutive wins in his second spell in charge of the Selecao.
The 2014 World Cup hosts will now be without captain Neymar for their final group game against Venezuela on Sunday meaning he won't return until the semi-finals at least, although a final decision on the length of ban will be determined on Thursday afternoon.
Thankfully the Brazilians have Hoffenheim playmaker Roberto Firmino they can call upon to fill the creative void left by Neymar, but if his second half effort against Colombia is anything to go by (he produced the miss of the tournament so far) then the Samba stars will miss their star man terribly, just like they did at the World Cup last summer.
Firmino missed an open goal by sending the ball well over the bar after it fell kindly to him on the edge of the box, which epitomised the misfortune that Brazil suffered on an eventful night in Santiago.
You can watch footage of the mass brawl that broke out after the full-time whistle in last night's Copa America clash between Brazil and Colombia below.
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