Edinson Cavani's post-match comments after his yellow-card tackle on Neymar


Brazil vs Uruguay was never going to be your usual uneventful friendly, was it?

The two South American nations clashed at the Emirates Stadium in London in a feisty encounter.

There were eight bookings but just one goal - a 76th-minute penalty from Neymar.

And there was also a late clash between Paris Saint-Germain’s Edinson Cavani and Neymar.

The Brazilian forward was running down time with the ball near the touchline when Cavani decided to crunch him in a tackle.

That earned him a yellow card with Neymar reacting rather angrily to the challenge.

Of course, the relationship between the two players has constantly been questioned at the Parc des Princes with arguments over who should take penalties, as well as the recent stat that shows Neymar very rarely passes to Cavani.

After the match, though, Cavani was asked about his clash with Neymar.


His reply?

“When two South American teams meet, it's always a bit intense, I think it was a very good match, and in the end we protested a bit about the penalty,” said Cavani.

"But these are things that happen, it's always good to face big teams like Brazil and playing against great rivals like Neymar or the other players that make up this Brazil team.

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"Playing against this team with a great history is really good and that's why we do not like to lose either.

"There are no friendly matches in football, sometimes there may be intensity, be the hot environment, but after the game, once the game is over, there is only peace and tranquility outside the field."

Well said, Edinson.

There’s simply no time for niceties when it’s Brazil vs Uruguay.

Although it probably would have been sensible not to put such a strong challenge on your own teammate when everyone is already talking about your troubled relationship.

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