Neymar’s second-half goal gave Brazil a 2-2 draw with South American rivals Colombia in an international friendly on Friday night.
The match at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens marked the competitive return of Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar, who has not played for a club or country since his right foot injury in a friendly against Qatar in June.
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Brazil took the lead in the 20th minute, when Casemiro regained the lead from a corner kick from Neymar, who was making his return to the national team after missing his winning Copa America campaign.
Luis Muriel equalized from a penalty six minutes later after Alex Sandro was penalized for an awkward challenge, and he gave Colombia the lead 11 minutes before halftime, when he dug high into the net at 10 meters to complete a superb team movement. .
Brazil improved in the second half and Neymar equalized them after 58 minutes, when he tapped from close range after Philippe Coutinho split the Colombian defense with a long pass.
Neymar had a strong penalty request denied with a quarter of an hour remaining as Davison Sanchez forced him to face first in the pitch publicity, but the referee was not swayed and – ultimately – Neither party was able to obtain the winner.
“It was a tough game, but I think we had more chances and we could have won,” Brazil captain Dani Alves said after the game.
“But I think a game at this level could really have gone both ways. It left us with a bitter taste in our mouths.”
Brazil will now travel to Los Angeles, where they face Peru on Tuesday, while Colombia face Venezuela in Tampa on the same evening.