David Luiz puts nose surgery on hold
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP)
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Brazil defender David Luiz broke his nose during his country's 2-0 victory over Mexico at the Confederations Cup.
Luiz said on Chelsea's website he accidentally clashed with teammate Thiago Silva just before half time in Wednesday's game. The Chelsea player said ''my nose is broken, but that's part of the game.''
Luiz, who struggled to stem the flow of blood following the blow, will go under the knife following the tournament, he said.
After Wednesday, Brazil and Italy lead the group with six points. Mexico and Japan remain without a point. The top two teams advance to the next round of the eight-team tournament among continental champions.
Brazil opened the scoring after a run by Barcelona right back Daniel Alves down the right side. His cross to striker Fred inside the area was partially cleared by Mexico captain Francisco Rodriguez. The ball went toward Neymar, who struck a difficult shot on the volley.
With the clock running down and Mexico pressing desperately to tie it, Neymar wriggled through two defenders near the touchline and crossed for Jo to score from 5 yards. Neymar was named man of the match for the second time in a row.
It was Brazil's first match since the players publicly expressed their support to a historic wave of protests that has swept across the South American nation in recent days to demand for better public services to the population.