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2019 International Friendly, International Friendly
  • Casemiro (19')
  • Neymar (58')
  • Luis Muriel (25' PEN, 34')

Neymar scores on return as Brazil rally for draw

Neymar's second-half goal gave Brazil a 2-2 draw against 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 club or country since injuring his right foot in a June friendly against Qatar.

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Brazil took the lead in the 20th minute, when Casemiro headed home a corner from Neymar, who was making his return to the national side after missing their victorious Copa America campaign.

Luis Muriel equalised from the penalty spot six minutes later after Alex Sandro was penalised for a clumsy challenge, and he gave Colombia the lead 11 minutes before half-time, when he rifled high into the net from 10 metres to finish off a superb team move.

Brazil improved in the second half and Neymar got them level after 58 minutes, when he tapped in from close range after Philippe Coutinho had split the Colombian defence with a long pass.

Neymar had a strong penalty claim turned away with a quarter of an hour remaining as Davison Sanchez forced him face first into pitch-side advertising, but the referee was not swayed and -- ultimately -- neither side could get the winner.

"It was a difficult game, but I think that we had more chances and we could have won," said Brazil captain Dani Alves after the match.

"But I think that a game at this level really could have gone either way. It's left a bitter taste in our mouth."

Brazil will now go to Los Angeles, where they face Peru on Tuesday, while Colombia play Venezuela in Tampa the same night.