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    Saturday, 17 November 2018

    Neymar penalty punishes Uruguay


    Neymar kept his cool to score the controversial penalty that fired Brazil to a 1 - 0 win over Uruguay in a full -blooded friendly on Friday .
    Brazil captain Neymar was subjected to some ferocious fouls from Uruguay as the clash between the South American rivals boiled over at Arsenal’ s Emirates Stadium .
    But the Paris Saint- Germain striker had the last laugh , netting from the spot late in the second half after Diego Laxalt was harshly ruled to have fouled Danilo .
    Brazil are now unbeaten in their last 10 meetings with Uruguay, who haven ’ t defeated the five- time world champions since 2001 .
    Brazil , building towards hosting the Copa America next year, take on Cameroon in another friendly in Milton Keynes on Tuesday .
    It will be their last match of the year , having recorded five successive friendly victories since exiting the World Cup at the quarter- final stage, beaten 2 - 1 by Belgium.
    Even on a dank, misty north London evening that was a million miles from the sun - soaked beaches of Rio , Brazil ’ s global popularity ensured a large crowd braved the elements to see their star - studded line - up .
    Neymar was the headline act as the Maracana came to the Holloway Road.
    His every touch brought cheers of approval from the crowd and it wasn ’ t long before he conjured the Selecao ’ s first chance .
    Tripped by Rodrigo Bentancur after a flamboyant run , Neymar picked himself up to take the resulting free-kick and drilled a low shot that forced a good save from Martin Campana .
    Neymar thought he had opened the scoring when he slotted home from Filipe Luis ’ s cross , but his close - range effort was ruled out for offside.
    Trying his luck from long range soon after , Neymar whistled a fierce strike just over Campana ’ s crossbar .
    Uruguay were hardly short of star power themselves and the two - time World Cup winners came close to taking the lead in the 23 rd minute .
    Seizing on Brazil ’ s careless loss of possession , Barcelona forward Luis Suarez unleashed a dipping shot that was turned over by Alisson Becker .

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