Neymar sparks mass brawl during Brazil v Colombia Olympic tie

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Neymar may have become famous across the world for his incredible technique and array of skills but the Brazilian superstar also has a dark side, as one Colombian footballer found out on Saturday night.

The Barcelona forward is currently in Rio de Janeiro attempting to captain the Selecao to the first Olympic gold medal in their illustrious history. Like the World Cup in 2014, it has been a turbulent ride but, as it was two years ago, they find themselves in the semi-final.

That was largely down to the work done by Neymar in Saturday's feisty match against South American rivals Colombia. The 24-year-old's 30-yard free-kick was all that separated the teams as half-time approached but Neymar's involvement in the half was far from over.

With tensions reaching boiling point, Neymar chopped Andres Roa down from behind. Roa fell down in a heap and the referee instantly showed Brazil's captain a yellow card. On another day, it could have easily been red.

Chaos ensued with almost every player on the field coming to blows. Neymar, however, was sensible enough to get himself as far away from the brawl as possible.

Positive contribution

But Neymar's overall contribution to the game was positive. His free-kick was simply sublime and provided Brazil with a breakthrough at a time when the fans were starting to turn.

The home nation had dominated throughout but were yet to be rewarded for their efforts. That changed when Neymar smashed the ball through a broken Colombia wall and into the back of the net after 12 minutes. Brazil never looked back after that.

Dominant display

Luan got the second goal seven minutes from time after lifting the ball over the goalkeeper with a beautiful strike from 25-yards out. 

"It was very important that we scored early and that helped us not fall into their trap of winding us up," said defender Marquinhos after the game in Sao Paulo.

"We are very disciplined to not lose a goal and when we score early that allows us to open up a bit. We held it together at the back and we played well."

Brazil will face Honduras in the semi-final

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