Neymar goes face-to-face with referee in petulant strop – but get’s away with it

Brazil have qualified for the 2022 World Cup after beating Colombia 1-0 in Sao Paulo.

Lyon midfielder Lucas Paqueta scored the only goal of the game with 18 minutes left on the clock after being played through by Neymar.

Though the Paris Saint Germain superstar was lucky to still be on the field.

From the get-go, Neymar was subjected to plenty of stiff challenges and after just seven minutes he'd already had enough.

After referee Roberto Tobar failed to blow-up for a challenge on teammate Raphinha, Neymar exploded and squared up to the official, knocking into him as he did.

Fortunately for the 29-year-old, the ref took little notice of it and kept his cards in his pocket.

Considering that players have been sent off for behaving like that towards an opponent, Neymar can count his lucky stars he managed to avoid any punishment.

"Talent aside, Neymar is unbearable on the pitch," one Twitter user wrote in response.

"Reverse the roles and Neymar would still be writhing in pain on the ground at this moment," wrote another.

The Seleção have won 11 out of 12 matches during qualifying and are now nine-points clear of second-place Argentina, who have a game in hand.

Can Neymar lead Brazil to glory in the 2022 World Cup? Let us know what you think in the comments section below…

After beating Colombia, Brazil have extended their remarkable World Cup qualifying unbeaten run to 28 games.

Neymar has scored 70 goals in 116 games for Brazil and is just seven short of Pele's all-time goal-scoring record.

The former Barcelona forward could also become the country's most-capped player in the next few years.

Cafu currently holds the record with 142 caps, but given Neymar's age, the likelihood of him earning 27 more is fairly high.

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