The Copa Libertadores match between Gremio and Internacional has been all over the internet after a massive brawl broke out during the later stages of the match. With the match officials failing to control the brawl, players and substitutes from both sides got involved, leading to a chaotic climax to the game. The game ended at 0-0 but the massive brawl means four players from each team were sent off.
Matches between Gremio and Internacional have always been hotly contested affairs, with Gremio and Internacional being two of the biggest clubs in the country. Widely known as the Porto Alegre derby, the Copa Libertadores match on Thursday (Friday IST) became too heated with both teams left chasing the winner. Tensions were brewing throughout the game. However, tempers flared in the 87th minute of the match when a confrontation between a player from each side escalated into the brawl. Two players were sent off immediately for the action.
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The chaos escalated on the sidelines with several players getting involved in the ruckus. The brawl concluded with eight players seeing red cards. Gremio stars Pepe, Luciano do Rocha Neves, Caio Henrique Oliviera Silva and Paulo Miranda all received marching orders while Edenilson, Moises Roberto Barbosa, Victor Cuesta and Bruno Conceicao Praxades received red cards for Internacional. The eight red cards broke the record for the most number of red cards ever brandished in a single match in the history of the Copa Libertadores.
Reportedly, both Gremio and Internacional are set to receive heavy sanctions as a result of the brawl, which saw even Gremio boss Renato Gaucho being involved. The Gremio vs Internacional brawl was not the only drama to come out of the Copa Libertadores. Earlier this week, Emmanuel Adebayor was sent off for a brutal karate-style kick during Olimpia's 2-1 win against Defensa y Justicia in the competition. The Copa Libertadores will now be suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus outbreak.
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