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(VIDEO) Worries at Brazil and Real Madrid, Rodrygo's status after the terrible kick he received in Copa America

Rodrygo suffered a terrible tackle at the Copa America with the Brazilian national team.

By Emmanuel Mendez

Rodrygo looks up while he wears the Brazil jersey as the Real Madrid badge and the Brazil flag is next to him. (Source: Ginga Bonito X)
Rodrygo looks up while he wears the Brazil jersey as the Real Madrid badge and the Brazil flag is next to him. (Source: Ginga Bonito X)
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Rodrygo and the Brazilian national team participation is over after losing 4-2 on penalties to Uruguay in the quarterfinals of Copa America. Brazil and Uruguay drew after 90 minutes, which led the game to go straight to a penalty shootout. Eder Militao and Douglas Luiz couldn't convert their penalties to help Brazil stay in the competition. Despite the poor result for Brazil and the elimination from the tournament, Rodrygo suffered a wild tackle that could've injured him terribly. Rodrygo was dribbling toward the box but then got tackled by Nahitan Nandez on the leg. The VAR checked the replay, and the Uruguayan right-back was given a red card. Rodrygo was subbed off the match just ten minutes after the poor tackle he deceived happened. The Brazilian seemed very hurt after the tackle, but no updates suggest that he suffered a major injury. Due to Brazil's elimination from Copa America, he is expected to return with Real Madrid fully fit and ready to prepare for the preseason, which starts in a few weeks.

In fact, all the Brazilian players who took part in the Copa America will play for Real Madrid in the preseason tour in the United States. Rodrygo, Vinicius Jr., Endrick, and Eder Militao will report to the team. The first match of the preseason for Real Madrid will be against AC Milan on July 31st. They will then play against FC Barcelona on August 2nd. The last preseason match will be against Chelsea on August 5th.

Rodrygo's Copa America will be a forgettable one because he did not score a goal or provide an assist in the competition. He started in all four games for Brazil in the Copa America, but he did not showcase the level he demonstrated at Real Madrid. He played the full game against Costa Rica that ended 0-0 at full-time. He played 79 minutes in the 4-1 win against Paraguay in the group stage. In the final match of the group stage against Colombia, the score finished 1-1, and Rodrygo played 73 minutes. In the match against Uruguay, he played a total of 87 minutes in a 0-0 draw. He did not take part in the penalty shootout, which led to Brazil's elimination from the Copa America after the penalty score was 4-2 in favor of the Uruguayans. Brazilian fans are very annoyed with the team's performances during this summer, especially with players like Rodrygo and Vinicius Jr, who are regarded as some of the best players in the world.

The poor record of Brazil without Neymar

Many Brazilian fans hope to see Neymar fully fit again and also wish for him to return to the national team for the upcoming World Cup in 2026. Since he got injured in October, Brazil has played seven competitive matches without him. Brazil has won one match, lost three, and drew three. The team has scored a total of six goals and conceded seven. In four out of those seven competitive matches, Brazil has gone without scoring a goal. In Copa America, they did not score in two matches.

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