The International break is in full swing and amidst this array of International Football Brazil and Neymar seem to have found some luck.


In what was a lackluster friendly for a majority of the game Brazil edged 1-0 past Uruguay thanks to Neymar’s spot-kick at the Emirates Stadium in London. It was an International Friendly like this that reminded us why UEFA came up with the Nations League to make the International break entertaining while, to be honest, it was a pretty bleak and Monotonous time in the Football Calendar, For South American Countries I reckon it still is. But the lack of intent isn’t the reason this game is in the news, is it? It was Neymar’s controversial Free-Kick that made the headlines.

Neymar was a victim of repeated fouls as Uruguay finished the game with six yellow cards and it was the Uruguayans who had to pay the price for their aggression. Though Uruguay looked the more dangerous of the two sides as the hour mark approached. Merely 15 minutes later Brazil had a little bit of luck go there way. Manchester City and Brazil Full-back Danilo was seen committing a Hand-ball infringement but Referee Craig Pawson didn’t seem interested and let the play go on. Just moments later Danilo was brought down in the box by Diego Laxalt and this time Craig Pawson pointed to the spot. Expectedly, Neymar stepped up to the spot and expectedly tucked the ball into the back of the net to score his 60th International Goal. Makes you wonder If Pawson had gotten the Danilo Hand-Ball decision right in the first place things might have just gone Uruguay’s way considering they were looking the better side. But that’s the unpredictable nature of Football, isn’t it?

The game was touted to be a prep game for the Copa America in 2019 which would be hosted by Brazil. The Selecao will be hosting South America’s most Prestigious Football competition for the First time since 1989. Barring a World Cup Quarter-Final exit at the Hands of Belgium in Russia, Tite and his Brazilian team have had an unbeaten run. Coach Tite will be hoping his side can break the voodoo surrounding their poor performances in the Copa America, having failed to make the final four in the last three editions of the Tournament. The Selecao will be hoping to be crowned Champions at home in front of their fans after having a trophyless decade.

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