Neymar suffers nasty facial injury after getting elbowed

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Playing against Neymar must be a nightmare.

The Barcelona star has plenty of tricks up his sleeves and is capable of making any defender look extremely foolish.

It must be frustrating chasing the Brazilian around for 90 minutes but sometimes those trying to mark him allow those frustrations to get the better of them.

Step forward Bolivian Yasman Duk.

With Brazil beating Bolivia 4-0 in their World Cup qualifier, it was party time.

Neymar has already scored - his 49th in 73 appearances for his country - so he decided he would turn on the style with three points assured.

The 24-year-old attempting a little drag-back before knocking the ball through his opponent’s legs. But, not only did his attempted nutmeg hit the legs of the Duk, the defender was in no mood for Neymar’s showboating and landed a very heavy elbow to his face.

While Neymar is no stranger to making the most of an innocuous challenge, there can be no question that he faked any injury here. Just look at the blood pouring out of the gash he had sustained:

Neymar’s side went on to win 5-0, leaving them in second in the South American qualification standings for the Russia World Cup - one point behind Uruguay and two points ahead of the chasing pack of Ecuador, Colombia and Argentina.

Neymar opened the scoring for Brazil against Bolivia when he played a one-two with new Manchester City signing Gabriel Jesus before tapping the ball into an empty net.

Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho then doubled the lead when he fired home from inside the box after good work from Giuliano.

Neymar then turned the role of provider.

First, he slipped a ball through to Filipe Luis to make it 3-0, before a superbly-weighted through-ball for Gabriel to make it 4-0 before half-time.

Bolivia were spared any further Neymar-related damage when he was substituted in the 69th-minute following his nasty facial injury but the scoring didn’t stop there.

Coutinho swung in a corner for his Liverpool teammate Roberto Firmino to head home to complete the rout.

Check out the match highlights below:

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