PALMEIRAS’ clash with Flamengo descended into anarchy as SIX players were sent off following a mass brawl during an ill-tempered top-flight encounter.
Both teams had three players shown a red card in stoppage time as violence marred the match between two of Brazil’s leading club’s.
Getty Images – Getty Chaos erupted in the stoppage time during Palmeiras’ clash with Flamengo
The referee sent six players off for their actions in the mass brawl
Tempers flared following a challenge from Gustavo Cuellar on Palmeiras captain Dudu
With the scores at 1-1, Palmeiras skipper Dudu reacted hastily to a challenge from Flamengo midfielder Gustavo Cuellar.
The 25-year-old failed to dispossess the Brazilian international with a sliding tackle down the right flank, before winning the ball with a seemingly perfect challenge.
Dudu then went down clutching his ankle, before springing up immediately to shove Cuellar in the back – sparking ugly scenes from both sets of players.
Even the substitutes from the dugout raced onto the pitch in an attempt to diffuse the situation as tensions boiled over at the Allianz Parque.
Each team had three players shown a red card as violence marred the encounter
EPA Real Madrid striker Vinicius Junior squandered a host of opportunities for the away side
Cuellar and Dudu were both given their marching orders by the referee, as too were Palmeiras duo Jailson and Luan, and Flamengo pair Henrique Dourado and Jonas.
Willian had given the home side the lead in just the fifth minute with a left-footed strike from close range into the bottom corner.
Before teenage defender Matheus equalised in the 54th minute with a header that nestled into the top right corner.
Real Madrid youngster Vinicius Junior missed a string of opportunities for Mauricio Barbieri’s men, as Flamengo failed to extend their four-point lead at the top.