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Barcelona duo suspended for upcoming fixtures; pair banned after recent disappointments

Barcelona pair Neymar and Claudio Bravo will sit out their nations’ respective international matches this week due to suspension following a tricky weekend for both.

Brazil squandered a two-goal advantage against Uruguay on Friday evening, as goals from Douglas Costa and Renato Augusto were cancelled out by Edinson Cavani’s powerful effort and an angled drive by Luis Suarez just after half-time.

The result leaves Brazil third in the 2018 World Cup qualifying group, having amassed eight points from their opening five games, with two wins, two draws and one defeat.

Bravo’s Chile suffered similar frustration at home in Santiago against Argentina.

They took the lead in the 11th minute through Felipe Gutierrez, but two goals inside five minutes— from Angel Di Maria and Gerardo Mercado— ensured that the Albiceleste took all three points.

Chile sit sixth in the group on seven points, and as things stand, they are outside the qualifying positions for the World Cup.

Both Brazil and Chile will be without key man for the upcoming matches according to AS, after Neymar picked up a yellow card against Uruguay, which, following on from a caution against Peru, rules him out of the Selecao’s upcoming match against Paraguay.

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According to AS [as above], it remains to be seen whether he will return to Barcelona or stay with his teammates.

Similarly, Bravo was booked against Argentina, according to the Spanish source, and will miss Chile’s upcoming fixture against Venezuela.

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