Brazil were beaten 1-0 by Colombia last night while captain Neymar was sent off for a petulant headbutt, leaving their Copa America hopes hanging in the balance.
And veteran Brazil defender Dani Alves argues that everyone is against his home nation, including match officials at this year’s tournament.
Barcelona forward Neymar saw read after the final whistle when he headbutted Colombia defender Jeison Murillo.
However, Alves believes the blame for Neymar’s poor performance and attitude lays at the door of referee Enrique Osses.
Osses harshly booked Neymar in the first 45 minutes for an apparent handball when the Brazil striker was falling to ground.
Alves told TV Globo:
“I don’t know why Neymar was nervous.
The blame is on the referees. They know he has personality. The yellow card he received was wrong.
They have to stop thinking that they are the protagonists. They are there to referee the game.”
Alongside tournament favourites Argentina, big things were expected Brazil at the Copa after Dunga’s men recorded nine consecutive wins in friendlies leading up to the tournament.
However, things haven’t went to plan thus far following a hard fought victory over Peru and now a loss to Colombia.
Yet Alves remains hopeful that Brazil will come good and overcome this hurdle:
“This happens in every game against Brazil.
You have to be strong and calm to overcome difficult moments.
Now they are all against Brazil. We need to be calm. Despite their young age, the group is experienced.
Welcome to Copa America.”
WATCH FOOTAGE OF NEYMAR’S SENDING OFF BELOW:
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