Brazil struggled badly against Colombia, unable to craft more than two shots on target from their 60% share of possession. Colombia were extremely strong in defence, frustrating Brazil at almost every turn.
After 36 minutes of frustration, Brazil then conceded a set-piece goal to Colombia’s Jeison Murillo. In response to the goal, Brazil actually managed to fashion an excellent opportunity for Neymar just before half-time, but Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina made an astounding save.
Yet more frustration followed in the second-half, culminating in Brazilian star Neymar receiving a second yellow card for an attempted headbutt that subsequently sparked a mass brawl on 95 minutes. Colombian striker and the deeply religious Carlos Bacca also received a red card.
Colombia certainly surprised the world in yesterday’s matches (Thursday 18 June), showing that this year’s Copa America is wide open. Colombia are now level on three points with Brazil and Venezuela in Group C.