Neymar Challenge adds insult to injury of Brazil’s exit

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He added "It was significant to see someone that from the outside many people could say, well he would accept if you see a selfish action of Romelu Lukaku on the pitch because you are in front of goal and maybe you are hoping to score a goal".

Brazil boss Tite has revealed Manchester United's newest signing, Fred, was not afforded game time at the World Cup due to an injury which impacted his match fitness.

The World Cup is only the latest major event to be held in "Sports capital of Russia", which has hosted the Summer university games, the world swimming championships and world fencing championships over the last five years.

"Very happy to be part of this team, I am proud of all, interrupted our dream but did not take away from our head nor from our hearts", the Brazilian posted on his Instagram account. We have four players who can make the difference.

"Against a team like Brazil, you must attack and defend with 11 players".

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Neymar, who only just recovered from a metatarsal injury in time to play in Russian Federation, spoke of his pride in his team-mates, who failed to emulate Brazil's achievement of reaching the semi-finals in 2014.

"I think Thierry deserves huge credit. Whether that's realistic I don't know, Brazil are an incredible team but there is not one day I go to bed thinking "what if we lose"?" If you look, you see how much he's been participating collectively, taking up the ball, taking up space.

"But we've been working so hard to get ourselves to this occasion".

Brazil have now been knocked out in the quarter-finals at three of the last four tournaments since winning the World Cup for the fifth time, in Japan in 2002.

"Neymar is one of the biggest exponents of. decisive one-versus-one situations, so we'll have to keep an eye on him and allow our players to have a bigger role in the game". "[But] I think offensively that we are really strong".

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