Neymar went down with what appeared to be a significant knee injury late in the first half of Uruguay and Brazil’s 2026 World Cup qualifier on Tuesday. As a result of the injury, Neymar was unable to continue playing and was replaced by Nicolas de la Cruz and Darwin Nunez, who scored for Uruguay.
After Neymar got into a fight with De la Cruz for the ball in the 44th minute, Nunez scored the first goal of the game with a diving header in the 42nd minute. Brazil’s night went from bad to worse two minutes later when Neymar went down with an injury.
Neymar, who was obviously in a great deal of pain, was carried off the ground of play on a stretcher after receiving medical attention for a number of minutes.
According to sources within the Brazil FA, the forward suffered a significant sprain to his left knee and was scheduled to undergo testing to ascertain whether or not there was any ligament damage.
In the 77th minute, De la Cruz scored a goal from close range to increase the advantage held by the home team. Nunez was the provider of the assist.
Following the victory, Uruguay moved up to second place in the CONMEBOL standings, tying them with Brazil and Venezuela on seven points each.