DTotD: Defenders can’t stop Neymar without getting booked

Brooks Peck
Dirty Tackle

Santos beat The Strongest 2-0 with two goals in the final five minutes of the Copa Libertadores group stage on Thursday. And though Neymar provided the second goal, he once again took his knocks earlier in the match. In the 20th minute, Leonel Reyes was booked for his aggressive way of preventing Neymar from giving him a sombrero, which seems to be the preferred way for defenders to stop his trickery.

During Santos' 5-0 win over Catanduvense last weekend, Neymar's dazzling/ostentatious show of dribbling skills was negated by a lunging challenge from behind. Have a look...

A red card was shown and, if anything, the offender probably wished he did a little more to deserve it. And like every other player who has made a habit of embarrassing defenders before him, Neymar better get used to taking punishment for it.

This has been the Dirty Tackle of the Day: a chronicling of unfortunate events.

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