A mass 22-man brawl erupted between players in South America as Palmeiras completed a stunning comeback against Penarol.

 

Brazilian side Palmeiras were trailing Uruguyan club Penarol 2-0 at half-time of their Copa Libertadores clash, but they fought back to claim an amazing 3-2 victory.

 

However, Palmeiras’ comeback was immediately marred moments after the match as a huge fight broke out between both teams.

 

As the final whistle went Palmeiras midfielder Felipe Melo celebrated wildly in front of the Penarol squad.

 

Enraged by his reaction, Melo was set upon by Penarol defender Agustin Quintana and Melo responded by throwing a series of punches.

 

That led to both sets of players diving into the action as coaches and riot police were called in to try and separate the two teams.

 

Melo and his fellow Palmeiras teammates were hounded towards the dressing room by the Penarol players as fans rushed to the front of the stands to get involved.

 

Both teams were finally ushered inside but the violence did not stop there as they once again fought outside the changing rooms.

 

Incensed by the scenes, supporters from both teams also clashed and local police were called in to defuse the situation.

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