This is South American football and the battles are gritty, uncompromising and the battleground is unforgiving; the players don’t give an inch, and are bad losers and horrible winners. That is exactly how things panned out in a group game between Brazil’s Sao Paulo and Bolivia’s The Strongest. The battle was heated and match ended in a 1-1 draw. The result meant that Bolivians would make the exit from the competition. Argentine striker Jonathan Calleri was the instigator, needling the opposition as they were on the brink of exiting. He was subsequently handed the red card along with goalkeeper Denis. Also Read - Brazil Police Investigate Model Over Rape Charges Against Neymar

The chaos that ensued was ugly; it was a poor advertisement to a sport already tarnished by diving antics. There was no need for this kind of drama and yet again, football reared its dark, hideous head. There was plenty of pushing, shoving, and jostling. Punches and kicks were thrown and it could have been worse had the security personnel not made their way into the stadium. Calleri is the top striker of the tournament, scoring seven so far. He will miss his team’ clash with Toluca of Mexico in the round of 16. Also Read - Boca Juniors name Alfaro as new coach

The three-time Champions just needed to avoid defeat in this contest to progress to the next stage. Playing in Bolivia is said to be one of the most physically gruelling experiences in world football, with the venues being 3,600 feet above sea level. Even Lionel Messi has run out of air playing there in the past. Watch the disturbing scenes unfold here: Also Read - Brazil court overrules injunction on Boeing-Embraer tie-up