Robinho scores 2 then sent off for diving during Santos win over Botafogo

Former Real Madrid, Manchester City and AC Milan forward Robinho had a hugely eventful night in the Copa do Brasil on Wednesday.

Santos won their Copa do Brasil quarter-final against Botafogo away from home, thanks to two goals from Robinho and a third by Geuvânio.

Robinho’s goals came on 23 and 29, both sharp finishes from inside the area.

Whilst always known as a trickster, Robinho rarely produced goals like this on a regular basis anywhere in European football.

He was though widely considered to be a serial simulator and his reputation may have preceded Robinho who received a second yellow card with six minutes remaining for diving.

In truth, it looked like a hard challenge for the defender and Robinho could well have won a free-kick to relieve the pressure on the Santos defence.

Reports in Brazil suggest that Robinho responded to the red card by telling the referee: “you’re kidding me, you’re crazy!”

Robinho denied diving but confirmed he did curse the referee once the red card came out.

The video above has the two Robinho goals for Santos, the red card is on the clip below.

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