Brazil's Neymar, bloodied and suspended

  • ESPN FC, Friday, October 7, 2016 5:42 PM
Neymar scored a goal and set up two more goals as Brazil beat Bolivia, 5-0, in World Cup qualifying. But he picked up a yellow card that will keep him out of Tuesday's game against Venezuela and exited the game wiping blood from his eyes after taking an elbow to the face from Bolivian Yasmani Duk in the 63rd minute of the game.

The win was the third win in three games under new coach Tite, who said both he and Neymar will learn a lesson from the yellow card.

"There were mistakes from the referee, with an excess of fouls derived from a lack of punishment to them," Tite said. "And we -- Neymar and me -- we need maturity to understand that we'll have to bear these kind of situations, too. What happens sometimes, and it did happen, regarding the card, was -- in the first place -- an excessive amount of fouls aimed to emotionally destabilize the squad, to provoke situations. You can say 'okay, the fouls are from the game and it's the referee's problem.' It's my responsibility as a manager to guide the player."

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