Chelsea target Neymar sent off in Copa Libertadores clash for wearing a mask of his own face

07 April 2011 01:37
Chelsea transfer target Neymar was astonishingly sent off on Wednesday night during his side's Copa Libertadores clash for celebrating a goal by wearing a mask of his own face.

The Brazilian wonderkid had just handed Santos a 3-0 lead with a sublime solo effort against Chilean side Colo Colo and ran to the crowd in jubilation, emerging with the mask. While most saw the funny side, Uruguayan referee Roberto Carlos Silvera deemed it a yellow card offence, Neymar's second.

Off his face: Neymar received a second yellow card for celebrating a goal wearing a mask of his own face (above) that he got from a spectator (below)

The 19-year-old, who has been heavily linked with a switch to thePremier League, was the first of five players to be dismissed in afeisty clash in Sao Paulo, won 3-2 by the Brazilians.

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Former Manchester City man Elano was also on the scoresheet with a trademark free-kick before later becoming the fourth man to be shown a red card, given a second yellow for arguing on the sidelines after being substituted.

In between times, Santos forward Ze Eduardo and Colo Colo captain Andres Scotti were then both dismissed for fighting before Patricio Jerez and Diego Rubio gave the Chilean's hope late on. That was dashed when Cristobal Jorquera was given his marching orders in stoppage time. 

Sportsmail revealed last monththat the forward had remained in London following Brazil's win overScotland - in which he scored twice in a man of the match performance -and was offered a tour of Chelsea's Stamford Bridge.

The Blues had several offers for Neymar turned down in the summerbefore the player signed an improved deal with Santos, part of whichstipulated the club make increased efforts to raise his profile inEurope. 

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Source: Daily_Mail