Watch: Brazil’s controversial goal after assisting the referee in the Copa America victory against Colombia

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Colombian footballers are protesting against referee Nestor Pitana after the controversial goal of Roberto Firmino during the match Brazil against Colombia on Thursday morning.

Brazil made a strong claim for the Copa America on Thursday morning when the team scored two late goals to win against Colombia, which took the lead at the start of the match with a spectacular goal by Luis Diaz in Sao Paulo. The victory for Brazil came only 90 + 10 minutes in the injury when Casemiro brought the host winner out of the corner.

However, Brazil’s equalizer through Roberto Firmino made headlines overnight and left the Colombians bristling, as the referee played a direct role in the group, as Brazil’s goal in the counter actually hit the referee before the last two touches that led to the goal.

Colombia, who began to defend with all their might after leading against a Brazilian team that barely stopped bypassing its penalty area. It looks like Colombia will be able to hold out until Argentine referee Nestor Pitana enters the game.

Pitana accidentally blocked Neymar’s pass about 10 meters in front of the Colombia zone in the 78th minute. The Colombian defenders stopped for a moment, but Brazil’s substitute Lucas Paqueta simply moved the ball to left-back Renan Lodi and his cross was found by Roberto Firmino, whose corner kick beat Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina.

Initially, the Colombians refused to restart the match, but Pitana, the referee of the final of the 2018 World Cup, confirmed the goal of Brazil.

Brazil continued to put pressure in the last minutes and found their reward in added time. Neymar took a corner and Kazemiro scored the winner.

“They attacked us once and then stopped,” Casemiro said after the match. “It was our attack on their defense. Colombia is a strong team, but, as the coach requires, we are very strong mentally. “

Earlier on Tuesday, Ecuador and Peru drew 2-2 at the Olimpico Stadium in Goiania. The Ecuadorians opened the scoring with an own goal by Renato Tapia in the 23rd minute and got their second through Ayrton Preciado in time to stop the first half.

Peru drew a level in the second half with goals from Gianluca Lapadula in the 49th and Andre Carrillo in the 54th. Both teams kept their chances to advance in the knockout.

Brazil leads the group with nine points after three games. Colombia has four of four games. Peru also has four points, followed by Ecuador (3) and Venezuela (2). The four best teams advance to the playoffs.

Brazil will play its last match of the group stage on Sunday against Ecuador.

(With AP inputs).



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