. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Rushing Away

RIO DE JANEIRO () -- Two key players left a Brazilian championship match early Sunday because they had to catch a plane to Russia to play with the national team.


Sao Paulo midfielder Andre and Santos defender Narciso were both substituted during their teams' game, taken to Sao Paulo airport and flown to Rio de Janeiro in a private jet chartered by the Brazilian Football Confederation.


At Rio, they joined up with the national team squad for the journey to Moscow, where Brazil will face Russia in a friendly international on Wednesday.


The problem arose because the Sao Paulo-Santos clash was put back three hours from the usual kickoff time because it was televised.


Santos suffered more from their loss as Narciso's replacement Jean gave away a penalty from which Sao Paulo scored the decisive goal in a 2-1 win.