Brazil 2-2 Uruguay: Draw In Recife Gives Rivals Each A Point
Source: AFP

Goals from Edinson Cavani and the returning Luis Suarez following a 2-0 lead off goals from Douglas Costa and Renato Augusto allowed Uruguay to get an important draw in Recife and let the hosts Brazil slip a 2-0 lead during the entire 90 minutes.

Great start for the hosts

It was a perfect start for the hosts as inside 40 seconds, without a touch made by any La Celeste player, Willian plays the ball on the left to feed the ball to Douglas Costa, in which the Bayern Munich man was able to score past Fernando Muslera to give the first goal to the Seleçao in this match. Continuing on with various chances, in the eighth minute, Neymar gets the ball from Dani Alves on the left and while beating the defender, the FC Barcelona star just hits wide after controlling it with his feet. 

Uruguay, continuing with various chances in order to the get equalizer, such as one in the 12th minute when a free kick just from the left, allowed Suarez to get a header, but only going wide of Allisson's goal. In the 26th minute, Brazil doubled their lead off a goal from Renato Augusto. Neymar plays ball to Augusto following a mistake from Alvaro Pereira in which a deflection was able to get played to ex-Corinthians man and score past Muslera.

Five minutes after the second goal, Uruguay got one back from Edinson Cavani. Following a ball from Pereira to Carlos Sanchez, the Monterrey man was able to feed the ball into the air for the PSG player in which he scores from the volley following the ball being played to him on the right by Sanchez.

Brazil were looking for a third goal to cushion the win and opportunities came, such as one by Neymar in which in the 39th minute, a free kick from Neymar on the left, as he tries to center it, Muslera was able to save it and keep it away as halftime approached.

Renato Augusto scoring. Photo: AP Photo/Leo Correa
Renato Augusto scoring past Fernando Muslera. Photo: AP Photo/Leo Correa

Celeste Comeback

In the second half, both teams were looking for different goals. Brazil to pick up a win, Uruguay to get a vital point or even win on Brazilian soil. The second chance was getting to be more likely when in the 49th minute, the ball is played to the returning Luis Suarez and the Barcelona man made no mistake to finish magisterially past Allisson and make it 2-2, making the comeback complete and to score his first goal since the 2014 FIFA World Cup match against England.

Desperate for a goal, Brazil continued to attack. In the 62nd minute, Neymar cuts inside from the left and tumbles under a challenge, but no foul was called by referee Nestor Pitana. In the 85th minute, Phillppe Coutinho had a chance on the left and with his effort, it was saved and taken out by Muslera. Nothing else was made and it ended 1-1 in Recife. After five matches, Brazil picked up 8 points while Uruguay, who came into this match without any vital defenders such as Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin, pick up 10 points. Brazil, without Neymar and David Luiz due to their yellow card accumulation, will travel to play Paraguay in Asuncion on Tuesday while Uruguay travel to Montevideo to host Peru.

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