Brazil was knocked out of Copa America Centenario in the most brutal way Sunday night, thanks to a controversial goal courtesy of Peru's Raul Ruidiaz that didn't just appear to go off Ruidiaz's hand, but blatantly did. Brazil needed a draw or win to advance to the knockout round of Copa, but with the 1-0 loss they're officially headed home.
The loss not only shook up the tournament but the entire soccer world as we know it, with people from all over the globe reacting to what FS1's Rob Stone called "The Hand of God II" in Sunday's post-match recap show.
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That included Brazilian star Neymar. Neymar elected to sit out Copa America in favor of this summer's Olympics, but that didn't stop him from standing by his countrymen following their loss Sunday.
Here was Neymar's reaction on Instagram, with the translation courtesy of ESPN:
Ningum sabe o que vocs sofrem pra estar a e defender a seleo, vestir essa camisa um orgulho e vocs fazem isso com AMOR.. Agora, vai aparecer um monte de babaca pra falar merda, foda se .. Faz parte, futebol isso !!! SOU BRASILEIRO E TO FECHADO COM VOCS
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"No one knows what we have suffered through to be there and defend the Selecao. To wear the national team shirt is an honor and you have all done that with love. Now a whole lot of people are going to start talking s---, they can go to hell. Football is like this. I am Brazilian and I will go to the end with you."
Clearly the Brazilian forward is frustrated, and with good reason: Simply put, it was the wrong call.
At the same time, Fox's Ryan Rosenblatt brought up another, equally important point Sunday night: Independent of how awful this call was, Brazil did little to earn a spot in the knockout round. In addition to the lackluster performance Sunday, they should have lost to Ecuador in their Copa opener, but were handed a gift call which allowed for a draw, in what should have been a loss. Even though Sunday night's call was in fact the wrong one, it appears as though the soccer Gods evened things out in the end.
We'll see if Brazil --- with Neymar --- can bounce back when they host the Olympics in Rio later this summer.