Football: Soccer-Late goal gives Brazil controversial 2-1 win over Colombia


RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Brazil went behind for the first time in eight games on Wednesday but responded with a controversial equaliser before netting a winner deep into stoppage time for a 2-1 victory over Colombia at the Copa America.

The reigning champions came into the game on a nine-match winning run but trailed 1-0 after 10 minutes when Colombia’s Luis Diaz scored a sensational overhead kick.

Brazil equalised through Roberto Firmino’s header with 12 minutes remaining but Colombia were incensed that referee Nestor Pitana did not halt the game after the ball hit him in the build up.

The ensuing fracas led to 10 minutes of stoppage time being played and Casemiro rubbed salt into Colombian wounds when he headed home from a corner in the 100th minute to give Brazil three wins from three at the tournament.

(Reporting by Andrew Downie; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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