World Cup 2018: Cried because Brazil overcame difficulties, says Neymar

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source Reuter UPDATED: June 22, 2018 23:03 IST
Neymar fell to his knees in tears immediately after Brazil defeated Costa Rica 2-0 in their Group E encounter on Friday.

Midfielder Philippe Coutinho scored in the 91st minute to give Brazil the lead, while Neymar followed it up with a volley six minutes later to seal the deal and help Brazil go on top of Group E with 4 points.

The goal would also have helped to relieve some pressure from Neymar’s shoulders, who came in for some harsh criticism after his poor performance against Switzerland.

The Paris Saint-Germain forward took to Instagram to reason behind his tears. He wrote: “The tears were of joy, of overcoming difficulties, of commitment and will to win,” he wrote. “Nothing in my life was ever easy and that’s not going to change now. The dream continues, no not the dream, the OBJECTIVE.”

Meanhwile, Brazil coach Tite warned his country not to heap too much responsibility on Neymar’s slight shoulders.

Tite said Neymar’s tears could be down to the huge pressure of leading the five-times world champions.

“The joy, the satisfaction, and the pride of representing the Brazilian national team is a lot,” Tite told reporters.

“He has the responsibility, the joy, the pressure and the courage to show it. We each show it in our own way.”

“He was three-and-a-half months out (with injury) and he played the full match,” Tite added, referring to the foot injury that kept the Paris St Germain player on the sidelines between February and June.

“He is a human being, he needs time to reach his high standards again but before that there is a team that needs to be strong and not dependent on him. Is he going to be back to his best? Yes, he is going to be back to his best.”

Neymar was also awarded a penalty in a the match that was later rescinded by the VAR. Tite said Brazil should have been awarded the penalty that was chalked off by the VAR.

“When he (Neymar) draws the foul he is in front of goal,” Tite said. “It is clear, it is not open to interpretation, the touch robs him of the possibility of him finishing. To me it is a penalty.

“We dont need referees to win the game, we just want them to be fair. They should be fair for everyone. We dont want help, Brazil doesnt need help.”

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