Brazil took two serious blows in their World Cup qualifying match against Uruguay, as they lost 2-0 and then saw their star forward Neymar leave the Centenario stadium in Montevideo in tears following an injury to his left knee.

Brazil captain Casemiro said Neymar’s injury on Tuesday seemed “serious” as Brazil put on their worst performance under new coach Fernando Diniz, who will remain in the job at least until next year’s Copa America.

“For Neymar to leave the match it is surely something serious,” Casemiro told reporters after the game.

“But I hope it isn’t at the end. He has had those injuries whenever he starts picking up his pace again, it is hard”

Uruguay, now coached by Argentinian Marcelo Bielsa, had their first win against Brazil in 22 years.

Fit and firing Messi

While Brazil were handed their first defeat in 37 World Cup qualifying matches on Tuesday, their South American neighbours Argentina beat Peru 2-0 with Lionel Messi scoring both goals as he played the full match for the world champions.

The 36-year-old appeared fit after he was sidelined for several matches with his club Inter Miami because of muscular pain.

Messi increased his international goal tally to 106 in 178 appearances, moving within two of Iran’s Ali Daei for second on the career list behind Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo at 127.

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