Neymar defends Real Madrid’s Vinicius Junior after controversial celebration in Rio derby

Real Madrid’s Vinicius Junior was the protagonist in this weekend’s Flamengo victory over Botafago in the Rio derby.

A delicious curling effort from the youngster flew into the top corner giving the keeper no chance but his controversial celebration was rewarded with a booking, one that fellow Brazilian Neymar was quick to defend.

The goal was followed by a celebration with his teammates where Vinicius rubbed his eyes as if he was crying towards the opposing fans. The referee deemed this provocative and showed him a yellow card just seconds before the full-time whistle.

The goal, celebration and sanction from the official was much discussed on social media, and one famous name joined in.

PSG’s Neymar Jr responded to an Instagram post from Brazilian football account Futebol Na Tela who had posted: “Vinícius Júnior shown a yellow card  for doing the ‘cry baby’. What is football coming to?”

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