‘Absolutely unfair’ – Colombia defeated after controversial Copa America ending vs Brazil


Referee Nestor Pitana inadvertently interfered with play, and the Selecao scored their equaliser when he let the motion proceed

Colombia have been left livid by the top of their 2-1 defeat to Brazil within the Copa America group stage on Wednesday, as Roberto Firmino’s 78th-minute equaliser got here following a build-up contact of the ball from referee Nestor Pitana, and Casemiro’s winner got here deep into stoppage time.

A number of defenders stopped when Pitana unintentionally intervened within the Selecao transfer, however Tite’s males saved going and Firmino benefited with a simple header. Regardless of fierce objections from Colombia, the purpose was upheld. Then, 10 minutes into stoppage time, Casemiro slammed a near-post nook kick from Neymar into the online to seal the dramatic consequence and ship Colombia away empty handed.

Afterwards, Colombia supervisor Reinaldo Rueda decried the referee’s “distraction” of his gamers within the moments earlier than Firmino’s levelled the rating.

What has been stated?

“The 2 targets for Brazil are totally different conditions,” Rueda advised reporters. “Within the first, I believe that the referee’s scenario brought on distraction within the gamers.

“Brazil needed to exit to search out the sport, they’d a great circulation of the ball and the gamers who entered had an affect and that’s the reason maybe [the second half was different].

“However we had been incisive and in the long run it’s a pity that the consequence couldn’t be achieved.”

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