Brazil and Barcelona superstar Neymar was left rolling around in agony after being on the receiving end of a stamp from Chile midfielder Gary Medel.
The former Cardiff City midfielder – nicknamed “the Pitbull” – left his mark on the 23-year-old following a tussle for the ball. Medel managed to avoid punishment as referee Martin Atkinson failed to see the incident, which left Neymar requiring treatment.
After the game, the Brazilian likened the challenge to a UFC-style move: “That can’t be considered part of the game.
"If we say that is part of the game, then the name [of the sport] is wrong.
"We can’t call it football – we should call it UFC.”
Neymar and his Brazil teammates had the last laugh though, with Roberto Firmino’s strike enough to secure a 1-0 win for last summer’s World Cup hosts at the Emirates Stadium.
It was the first meeting of the sides since Brazil's penalty shootout victory over Chile at the round of 16 stage in the 2014 World Cup.
Medel had an impressive World Cup, playing at centre back for his national side, despite playing as a midfielder for Cardiff that season.
Neymar had his World Cup shortened after picking up a spinal injury during his side’s quarter-final victory over Colombia, meaning he missed the 7-1 thrashing at the hands of eventual winners Germany.
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