Neymar and Suarez enjoyed the match against each other
The fascinating story of the duel between Neymar and Suarez closely resembled the clash in general between Brazil and Uruguay. Both of the two superstars Neymar and Suarez played a pivotal role in the 2-2 World Cup draw, but the much-vaunted hamburger the duo had wagered will remain up for grabs for the much anticipated return clash in Montevideo.
Brazil enjoyed overwhelming superiority all through the first half, just as Neymar slightly outranked his Barcelona teammate. The Brazilian No. 10 took on the ‘false 9’ role fabulously, moving out of the area across the final third in style. He roamed on the left wing and even frequently dropped into midfield to kick off the Selecao’s offensive movement.
His pass set up Renato Augusto’s goal finely, and he also played Douglas Costa through for a stunning chance the Bayern Munich man failed to pursue and went close himself with a rather decent effort from outside the area. Added to the mix interestingly were two sombreros in quick succession, right over the heads of Jorge Fucile and Carlos Sanchez. Only the intended goal was missing from a fine first-half.
That goal was just what Suarez, who amazingly came to life in the second period, gave Uruguay brilliant service, and at a crucial time. He took complete advantage of David Luiz’s error to tie the game effectively. Having thrown away a two-goal advantage, Brazil unexpectedly shut up shop, determined not to permit the returning forward another sniff of the open net.
Neymar and Suarez were no exceptions really in a game played at the limits of the law. Both pressed hard, and received yellow cards for their troubles. Now the Brazilian will be suspended for the Selecao’s very next outing against Paraguay on Tuesday, a bigger punishment, probably, than missing out on what would have been a really delicious hamburger.