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World Cup Player of the Day: Neymar too hot for oppositions to handle

June 24, 2014 09:05 IST

World Cup Player of the Day: Neymar too hot for oppositions to handle

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Brazil's poster-boy striker Neymar flicked and tricked and along came the goals for Brazil.

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The Barcelona forward was centre stage as he revelled against the porous Cameroon backline to grab two goals in a 4-1 win on Monday that put the hosts through to a last-16 clash with Chile.

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Image: Goalkeeper Julio Cesar and Neymar of Brazil celebrate after defeating Cameroon
Photographs: Buda Mendes/Getty Images

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His back-heels, deft touches and crowd-pleasing antics in his 70 minute man-of-the-match display had a feverish home support at the Brasilia national stadium on their feet and in full voice.

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Image: Neymar of Brazil in action during a training session
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They had come to see a victory delivered with style, having been denied that by a misfiring forward line and stout defensive effort from Mexico in the previous Group A goalless stalemate that had raised queries about their tournament favourite status.

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Image: Neymar of Brazil acknowledges the fans
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In Neymar they have a confident forward delivering under the heavy weight of a nation's expectation and he was unwilling to pass up any gift the opposition served up.


Image: Neymar of Brazil acknowledges the fans after defeating Cameroon
Photographs: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images
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