Neymar has last laugh against Uruguay


Brazil captain nets controversial late penalty despite being subjected to ferocious fouls from Uruguay in full-blooded South American derby clash

Neymar has last laugh against Uruguay

Brazil's striker Neymar beats Uruguay's Lucas Torreira (left) and Bruno Mendez (right) during an international football friendly at Emirates Stadium in London on Friday night. Pic / AFP

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 have not 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 2018, having recorded five successive friendly victories since losing in the World Cup quarter-finals against Belgium. "It was a typical South American derby. We have respect for Uruguay. They have dangerous players," Brazil boss Tite said. "We managed to control them. This is our third game now without conceding a goal."

Uruguay manager Oscar Tabarez added: "Neymar was playing with freedom. We were not controlling him very well." But I thought our young team matched Brazil. It's a shame it comes down to a controversial situation. "

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 and it was not long before he conjured Selecao's first chance.

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