Colombia and Brazil drew 0-0 on Sunday in a disputed match for the South American qualifying round for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, a result that allowed the coffee team to stay in the race to qualify for the World Cup and the auriverde to continue as the sole leader of the competition.
It was Brazil’s first draw in all qualifiers, having won all of its previous 10 games.
A photo of Neymar Jr. blowing a kiss to Yerry Mina went viral after several discussions between the Brazilian and the Colombian.
The event occurred at minute 57, when the two players disputed the ball and went to the ground. Mina said something to the Brazilian when they both stood up and Neymar reacted by throwing a kiss with which he wanted to get the Colombian out of the box, but the one who ended up obfuscated was PSG’s 10th.
The event prompted central referee Patricio Loustau to draw their attention as Neymar retaliated by fouling Colombian defender Stefan Medina.
The hosts wanted to impose the conditions from the beginning of the match, but very soon Brazil took control of the game and created the opportunities to go ahead on the scoreboard. However, the Colombian defense and a spectacular afternoon from Ospina drowned out the visitors’ goal.
The second half was a copy of the first half, in which Colombia had the initiative at the beginning, but then the Brazilians took the ball and the options clearer.
In the end, both teams signed the zero tie that left Colombia in the middle of the table and Brazil a point that brings it closer to Qatar 2022.
At the end of the game, it was known that Neymar had said in a documentary that the Qatar 2022 World Cup could be the last he will play with Brazil.
“I think this is my last World Cup. I see it as the last (World Cup) because I don’t know if I have the mental strength to continue dealing with football,” Neymar said in the documentary Neymar Jr and The Line Of Kings.
Neymar, 29, has played for the Brazilian national team for 11 years and is his country’s second top scorer of all time after Pelé.
His goal is to do everything possible to win the World Cup in Qatar and thus “fulfill my biggest dream since I was little. I hope I can do it.”