Brazil team play 2 players with same shirt number | inside World Soccer

In a bid to confuse their opponent, Brazilian side União Barbarense fielded two players with the same number in the second half of their match against Linense.

União Barbarense players Britto and Rafael Silva are seen wearing the same shirt number
União Barbarense players Britto and Rafael Silva are seen wearing the same shirt number

After starting Wednesday's Campeonato Paulista game wearing the number seven shirt, midfielder Britto returned from the halftime break wearing the number five, the same number as defender Rafael Silva.

Amazingly, the referee only noticed the ruse 26 minutes later when he ordered Britto to change his shirt and gave him a yellow card.

"They were on the attack and we used all the tricks we could to keep them at bay," Britto, who finished the match wearing number 17, told the SporTV after Barbarense's 3-2 win.

"It was a strategy and it worked."

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