Luis Suarez forced to intervene after Neymar loses temper during World Cup qualifier

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You know it's a strange game when Luis Suarez is acting as the peacemaker.

The Barcelona forward was forced into action in order to stop his team-mate Neymar getting in trouble with referee Nestor Pitana during Uruguay's 2-2 draw with Brazil last night.

Suarez was on the scoresheet in Recife to keep his side two points clear of Brazil in the race to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Neymar on the other hand had a game to forget, failing to get on the scoresheet and picking up a booking after 63 minutes.

It could have been so much worse for the 24-year-old if a flashpoint after the full-time whistle had been allowed to develop further.

An angry Neymar refused to shake the hand of Jorge Fucile's after the match, and later attempted to confront the defender, which forced the match officials to step in.

Suarez then stepped up to protect his club team-mate from getting into any more trouble than necessary, leading him away and calming him down. You can check out the incident below.

The pair were much more jovial mood before kick off, when Neymar playfully tried to jab Suarez in the eye.

- Click here to watch the video of Suarez intervening to help Neymar

The game marked Suarez's return to international action following the end of his suspension for biting Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup - a full 640 days after he last pulled on his national team's shirt.

Both Neymar and Suarez will meet again soon when they return to Barcelona where they should be much happier; the Catalan club remain well on course to win another treble, with the Spanish league title all but wrapped up.

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