Copa Libertadores Roundup, Apr 6
Brazil sensation Neymar was sent off after scoring a solo goal in Santos' 3-2 win over Chile's Colo Colo in the Copa Libertadores on Wednesday.
The 19-year-old forward, who has already scored three goals in three games for Brazil, jinked past two defenders and then chipped the ball over the goalkeeper to score the third goal for Santos in the 52nd minute, but then pulled on a paper face mask of himself and was dismissed for an illegal celebration.
Former Manchester City forward Elano had opened the scoring with a 35-yard free kick that curled into the top corner in the 34th, while a Danilo shot deflected in via defender Paulo Margalhaes two minutes later.
Santos' Ze Roberto and Colo Colo's Andres Scotti were also shown red cards after clashing in the 56th, before Patricio Jerez and Diego Rubio added late goals for the Chilean club.
In stoppage time, Elano and Colo Colo's Cristobal Jorquera became the fourth and fifth players to get red cards in the ill-tempered match.
The win was Santos' first in four outings in Latin America's top international club competition and moved the club to five points in Group 5. Paraguay's Cerro Porteno leads with eight points, Colo Colo is second on six, while Venezuela's Deportivo Tachira has two points. The top two qualify.
Elsewhere, defending champion Internacional of Brazil missed a chance to secure a spot in the final 16 after losing 1-0 at Mexican club Chiapas, while America of Mexico rallied to a 2-1 win over Argentinos Juniors.
Caracas of Venezuela won 2-1 at Chile's Union Espanola, Paraguay's Cerro Porteno won 2-0 at Venezuela's Deportivo Tachira and Nacional of Uruguay had a 2-0 win against Brazil's Fluminense.
Antonio Salazar scored the winning goal in the 55th minute for Chiapas, which moved into second place in Group 6, one point behind Internacional. Both clubs have one match left. Ecuador's Emelec has seven points and on Thursday visits Bolivia's Jorge Wilstermann, which has lost all four games so far. The top two advance.
Internacional only needed a draw to qualify but is still in a good position to progress ahead of the final group games.
Sebastian Jaime opened the scoring for Union Espanola in the third minute, but strikes from Louis Pena in the 34th and Joseph Martinez in the 84th helped Caracas to a comeback win.
The victory put Caracas atop Group 4 with nine points from five matches, while Union Espanola needs a string of results to go its way after remaining stuck on four points with one match left.
In the same group on Thursday, Chile's Universidad Catolica, on seven points, hosts Velez Sarsfield, on six.
Jorge Pinto was shown a red card in the 16th minute as Deportivo Tachira lost 2-0 against Paraguay's Cerro Porteno.
Roberto Nanni opened the scoring for the visiting side in the 21st minute and Ivan Torres added a second in the 66th.
In Mexico City's Azteca stadium, Vicente Vuoso scored in the 73rd and Daniel Marquez hit the winner in the 83rd as America came from behind to beat Argentinos Juniors. Franco Niell had given the Argentine side the lead just after half time.
The win put America atop Group 3 with nine points from five games and in prime position to qualify. Argentinos dropped to second on seven points.
In the same group, Santiago Garcia scored two second-half goals as Nacional took all three points at home against Fluminense.
The win moved the Uruguayan side to seven points from five matches level with Argentinos, while Brazilian league champion Fluminense is struggling on five points with one match left.
So far, Atletico Junior of Colombia, Paraguay's Libertad, Brazil's Cruzeiro, Penarol of Uruguay and Estudiantes of Argentina are the only clubs guaranteed a berth in the final 16.