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Luiz, Kouassi see red as Brazil, Ivory coast draw

 

Defending Champions Brazil were held to a goalless draw  by Ivory Coast in the football event of the ongoing Olympics, Sunday.

Brazil who won on home soil at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games were at a disadvantage early when Douglas Luiz, who plays for Aston Villa, was sent off in the 13th minute.

Brazil’s Dani Alves fights for the ball with Ivory Coast forward Christian Kouame.

Ivory Coast midfielder Eboue Kouassi was sent off in the 79th. Both Luiz and Kouassi won’t be able to play in their teams’ final group matches.

The Brazilians won their Group D opener over Germany 4-2. Richarlison scored a hat trick. Ivory Coast midfielder Franck Kessie scored the winner in his team’s opening 2-1 victory over Saudi Arabia.

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Brazil captain Dani Alves, at 38, is the oldest player in the tournament, which features under-23 teams on the men’s side with coaches allowed to bring three older players.

 

 

 

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