Neymar shines in Santos win but takes the gloss away with red card

The 19-year-old Brazil sensation chipped in with the third goal in a 3-2 win over Colo Colo of Chile but was sent off for illegal celebration.

Brazil's Santos Neymar wears a mask depicting himself in celebration after scoring the third goal of his team against Chile's Colo Colo in Santos, Brazil. Andre Penner / AP Photo
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RIO DE JANEIRO // Brazil's latest football sensation Neymar showed the good and bad sides of his emerging talent after scoring a solo goal and getting sent off in Santos' 3-2 win over Chile's Colo Colo in the Copa Libertadores.

The 19-year-old Neymar, who has already scored three goals in three games for the Brazilian national team, jinked past two defenders and then chipped the ball over the goalkeeper to score the third goal for Santos in the 52nd minute, but then pulled on a paper face mask of himself and was sent off for an illegal celebration.

Elano, the former Manchester City forward, had opened the scoring with a 35-yard free kick that curled into the top corner in the 34th, while a Danilo shot deflected in via defender Paulo Margalhaes two minutes later.

Santos' Ze Roberto and Colo's Andres Scotti were also shown red cards after clashing in the 56th, before Patricio Jerez and Diego Rubio added late goals for the Chilean club.

In stoppage time, Elano and Colo's Cristobal Jorquera became the fourth and fifth players to get red cards in the ill-tempered match.

The win was Santos' first in four outings in Latin America's top international club competition and moved the club to five points in Group 5. Paraguay's Cerro Porteno leads with eight points, Colo Colo is second on six, while Venezuela's Deportivo Tachira has two points. The top two qualify.

Elsewhere, defending champion Internacional of Brazil missed a chance to secure a spot in the final 16 after losing 1-0 at Mexican club Chiapas, while America of Mexico rallied to a 2-1 win over Argentinos Juniors.

Caracas of Venezuela won 2-1 at Chile's Union Espanola, Paraguay's Cerro Porteno won 2-0 at Venezuela's Deportivo Tachira and Nacional of Uruguay had a 2-0 win against Brazil's Fluminense.