Vinicius’ Rainbow Flick Against Uruguay Leaves Brazilian Star in Pool of ‘Embarrassment’: Video

Vinicius’ Rainbow Flick Against Uruguay Leaves Brazilian Star in Pool of ‘Embarrassment’: Video

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
updated at October 18, 2023 at 7:46 AM
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  • Vinicius Junior was left red-faced with his failed attempt at dribbling past his marker
  • The Real Madrid winger was the standout star in an underwhelming Brazil side that lost to Uruguay
  • The disappointing defeat to La Celeste leaves the Samba Boys in third position on the table

Vinicius Junior suffered a moment of embarrassment as his ambitious attempt to outmanoeuvre an opponent with a daring trick backfired during Brazil's loss to Uruguay on Wednesday, October 18.

The 23-year-old, often heralded as a future force in global football, found himself red-faced due to an overly enthusiastic display of skills.

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Vinicius tried to dribble past his marker during Brazil's 2026 World Cup Qualifier against Uruguay. Photo by Guillermo Legaria/Getty Images
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Vinicius' failed rainbow flick

Trying to emulate the spirit of Ronaldinho, the Real Madrid winger attempted the daring 'rainbow flick', a trademark move often associated with many Brazilian forwards.

Regrettably, his execution fell short, leading to an awkward loss of possession on the left flank while the game remained deadlocked at 0-0.

Here is the video:

Despite this setback, Vinicius stood out as Brazil's standout performer, according to GOAL ratings, on the field during their South American Qualifiers for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

However, the star-studded Brazilian attack, featuring Vinicius alongside his Real Madrid teammates Rodrygo, Neymar, and Gabriel Jesus, failed to generate a shot on target, allowing Uruguay, under Marcelo Bielsa's guidance, to secure a 2-0 victory with goals from Darwin Nunez and Nicolas de la Cruz, per Daily Sports.

Fans troll Vinicius after failed trick

Following a lacklustre display against Uruguay in the South American Qualifiers for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, Vinicius faced a barrage of criticism on social media, as reported by Sports Brief.

In an ambitious attempt to outmanoeuvre his opponent, the 23-year-old opted for an audacious rainbow flick, which ended in a rather spectacular failure, symbolizing Brazil's underwhelming performance.

Despite this misstep, Vinicius remained the most energetic player for Brazil during the match.

Vini's Brazil suffer humbling defeat at Uruguay

Sports Brief also reported that Darwin Nunez played a pivotal role, scoring one goal and assisting another, as Uruguay clinched a momentous victory over Brazil in their 2026 World Cup South American qualifying match, marking their first triumph over their rivals in 22 years.

Uruguay's previous victory against Brazil in a World Cup qualifying fixture dated back to a 1-0 win over the "Selecao" in Montevideo in July 2001.

The defeat added to the string of disappointments for the five-time world champions Brazil, who were previously held to a 1-1 draw by Venezuela in the previous round.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.