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Richarlison fumes at Cavani for ‘ankle breaking tackle’ during Uruguay vs Brazil

Manchester United forward Edinson Cavani was sent off for a dangerous tackle on Tuesday evening.

The former Napoli and PSG veteran received the first red card of his international career after his studs connected with the ankle of his opponent, although it appeared to be clumsy rather than deliberate.

The 33-year-old has been tipped to make his first ever Premier League start against West Brom on Saturday having scored during the 3-1 win over the Toffees before the break.

Brazil found themselves 2-0 up at half-time thanks to a deflected strike from midfielder Arthur and Richarlison’s header, with Cavani’s dismissal effectively ending the contest after 71 minutes.

Richarlison has since stated that although the tackle could have broken his ankle, he didn’t believe it to be a deliberate attempt to injure.

He said: “I think it was a ball dispute, he went over the top, if my foot was stuck it might have even broken my ankle, but I think it wasn’t bad.

“He tried to steal the ball and ended up missing the ball.”

Brazil have now won each of their first three games of World Cup 2022 qualifying, placing them top of the South American league of 10 teams in which four will progress.

Their goalscorer then added: "There is always room for improvement. We are not getting arrogant because we're unbeaten.

"We know that every game is difficult and every game different but we are on the right path. Not because we've won but because sometimes we've been playing well.

"We are on the right path, we have total faith in the coaches and they have faith in us and so we'll keep looking to achieve our objective, which is to qualify for the World Cup finals."

Cavani will be looking to bounce back having scored his first Premier League goal off the bench in the recent win over Everton, having been praised by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

He said: "Hopefully, he's getting better and better and sharper and sharper.

“Today, it was just trying to finish the game off, because we played well.

“It's great for him to get his first goal. That's a weight off his shoulders and now he's just ready to kick on."

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