Brazil and Uruguay Light Up a Draw
Two giants of football met with World Cup qualifying points on the line, and there were the expected fireworks.
Still, when the smoke cleared, both sides wound up with equal value.
Brazil hosted its big-time rivals, Uruguay, and split the scoreboard honors with a 2-2 result.
South America gets 4½ spots in the race for Russia in 2018, and this was clearly a better outcome for Los Charrúas La Celeste, as they'll defy other nations to come away from Brazil with points.
It's always a fiesta when Brazil steps on the pitch with anyone, but when it's against football's version of Ground-&-Pound, then the scenes are always in the throes of spiraling out of control.
Long vowels got tested early when Douglas Costa scored in the first minute:
Brazilians can't score regular goals, can they?
Things got even better for the Canarinho as Renato Augusto scored in the 25th minute to double the lead:
Usually, a 2-0 deficit in the world's largest Portuguese-speaking country is fatal. However, think of Uruguay as the Repo Men of football:
The comeback began five minutes after Brazil celebrated their second goal, when Uruguay sniper Edinson Cavani netted a beautiful volley:
Wonderful goals aren't monopolized by the Brazilians.
As always, everything he touches is pure gold.
And fortunately, not a rabies shot. Those days seem to be long gone. Even against Brazil.