David Ospina’s Colombia bounced back from defeat in their opening game against Venezuela to topple Brazil 1-0 in Santiago.
Colombia’s goal, scored on 36 minutes, wasn’t the prettiest thing. A free kick into the Brazil box from Cuadrado provoked panic and Jeison Murillo swung a left foot to leave keeper Jefferson stranded.
Ospina made a fine stop to deny Neymar a headed equaliser just before half-time in a play that saw the striker pick up a booking for trying to direct the rebound in with his hand.
To compound a bad night for the Barcelona star and his country, Neymar then got his marching orders after the final whistle for smacking the ball at Pablo Armero in frustration. Carlos Bacca’s shove in retaliation earned him a red card too.
The win for Jose Pekerman’s side, their first against Brazil since 1991, draws them level on points with their vanquished opponents and Venezuela. Colombia play their final group game on Sunday night against Peru.
The other major talking point in Chile is Arturo Vidal’s car crash the day after his side’s second game of the tournament. The Juventus midfielder was detained by authorities for drink driving after the incident which saw him wreck his Ferrari.
Vidal and his wife thankfully escaped injury and he’s since been banned from getting behind the wheel for four months.
Despite his run in with the law, Vidal – who has three Copa America goals to his name already – retains his place in the Chile squad. He’s been given a ticking off our man Alexis who revealed in a press conference:
“I told him ‘Arturo, you better bust your arse.’
“It’s very hard what happened with him but as a group, the least we can do is put up with it as a team.
“There has been indiscipline, we were wrong, you are right about that. But we are a family and we are there to support him.”