During Brazil’s 1-1 friendly draw with Colombia in New Jersey on Wednesday evening, Neymar produced one of the worst penalties ever seen on a professional soccer field, which saw the ball almost leave the stadium.
Speaking about the incident, the Brazilian striker stated, “The penalty was horrible but you probably noticed the state the pitch was in, it didn’t have any stability. I tried to take it slowly but it didn’t work out. These things happen.”
Neymar has been linked with a $60 million transfer to either Chelsea, Barcelona, or Real Madrid, but his effort during this encounter will only have damaged his reputation. By missing this effort, Brazil were unable to secure their seventh successive win.
However, Neymar had already leveled the game for the Brazilians after Juan Cuadrado had given Colombia the lead just before half-time, whilst Athletic Madrid’s Radamel Falcao, who has recently been labeled the greatest striker in modern football, had a rather quiet game for the visitors.
The Brazilian Football Confederation claimed that this was the 1,000th match to be played by the South Americans, yet they failed to provide a definitive list of games to confirm this declaration.
Colombia will be extremely happy with their performance as they seemed to control the possession in this game without ever really creating any chances. The likes of Kaka, Daniel Alves, and Neymar soon took control before Colombia went ahead against the run of play.
Neymar’s 17 goal in 26 internationals saved their blushes right up until he blasted his spot-kick high up into the stands. You can check out a video of the incident below.