Copa wrap: Brazil stunned, Neymar sees red


Colombia were solid from the start, needing a win to keep themselves in the competition following their opening 1-0 loss to Venezuela. Jose Pekerman’s charges gave nothing away in the opening stages, preventing their more-fancied opponents from dictating the pace of the game while slowly starting to threaten as the half wore on.

Midfielder Carlos Sanchez saw his shot deflected off Brazilian defender Miranda on 30 minutes as the Colombians showed intent, and just six minutes later they had the lead: Juan Cuadrado’s free-kick was not cleared by the Selecao defence as Jeison Murillo was on hand to fire home from close range.

The five-time World Cup champions could have been on level terms just before the break as Dani Alves found Barcelona teammate Neymar, yet Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina was on hand to prevent the Brazilian’s header from finding the back of the net.

Brazil came out guns blazing in the second half, and had a golden chance to equalise yet could only watch in despair as Roberto Firmino blasted his effort at an open goal wide.

Try as they might, Dunga’s men could not find the goal as Colombia held out for a vita 1-0 win, exacting revenge on their 2-1 World Cup quarter-final defeat last year.

Yet the action was not finished after the final whistle, as Brazil skipper Neymar was given his marching orders for what looked like a headbutt Jon goal-scorer Murillo, while Colombia’s Carlos Bacca was also shown red for his involvement in the heated arguments at the end of the match.

Venezuela can go three points clear at the top of the group should they earn victory against Peru tomorrow morning.