Neymar confronts referee in angry exchange during Brazil win over Colombia

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The Selecao star was fortunate to avoid punishment for the incident during the 2022 World Cup qualifying victory

Neymar appeared to bump referee Roberto Tobar during the first half of Brazil’s 1-0 win against Colombia on Thursday which clinched the nation's 2022 World Cup qualification.

The Selecao star was frustrated by the physical play of the visitors in the opening exchanges, with challenges leaving him on the ground on several occasions.

Neymar went on to record an assist in the triumph that saw Brazil continue their unbeaten run in CONMEBOL qualifying.

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What happened?

Neymar came face-to-face with Tobar in the ninth minute and appeared to make contact with the official. The below video is available for U.S. viewers.

He was not booked for the ninth-minute incident with Tobar but later picked up a yellow card for dissent.

The forward was close to scoring later in the match as Brazil pushed for the lead, but his eventual contribution came as the supplier for Lucas Paqueta’s winner.

With the victory, Brazil officially qualified for the 2022 World Cup.

Neymar's qualifying contributions

The forward kept up his fantastic World Cup qualifying record on Thursday with his second-half assist.

During Brazil's 12 matches, he has provided seven assists along with seven goals.

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