Toe Poke Daily: Luis Suarez appeals for handball inside penalty area… by goalkeeper

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It’s fair to say that Luis Suarez had an eventful night as Uruguay faced Chile in the Copa America on Monday (watch the tournament live on ESPN+).

The Group C match at Rio de Janeiro’s world-famous Maracana stadium was played on the five-year anniversary of Suarez’s equally iconic nibble on Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini‘s shoulder at the 2014 World Cup, so it’s perhaps fitting that he was up to all his old tricks.

In fact, the Barcelona striker was caught doing the most “Luis Suarez” thing imaginable at one point while appealing for a handball — against the Chile goalkeeper, for handling the ball inside his own box!

Suarez attempted to round Gabriel Arias, only for the stopper to manually block his path, for which Suarez instinctively attempted to claim a penalty.

Unperturbed, the Celeste star launched another frenetic card appeal to the referee when Chile full-back Gonzalo Jara brought down a pitch invader with a robust trip.

Quite the night’s work for our old friend Luis.

Uruguay went on to pip Chile 1-0 thanks to a late goal from Edinson Cavani that ensured they finished top of their group, thus setting up a quarterfinal tie against Peru. Chile, meanwhile, will take on Colombia for a place in the semifinals.

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There’s only two Adama Traores

There were confusing, quite possibly unprecedented scenes in the Africa Cup of Nations on Monday night as Mali racked up a convincing win over tournament debutants Mauritania.

It began when Adama Traore (of French club Metz) scored The Eagle’s third goal only to be replaced by Adama Traore (of Ligue 1 side Monaco) on the hour mark.

Traore then went and scored Mali’s fourth goal of the game in a 4-1 victory. Both Traores also scored their goals from outside the penalty area.

Mind-boggling stuff, reminiscent of the bafflement that arose during the League Two encounter between Swindon and Accrington Stanley last season during which two players with the same name were sent off.

Like the old terrace chants goes: There’s only two Adama Traores (and that’s if you ignore Spain under-21 international Adama Traore, who currently plays for Wolves).

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