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Neymar Praises Teammates

Despite scoring a brace in Brazil’s opening 2014 FIFA World Cup win over Croatia on Thursday, Neymar downplayed his impact on the game and quickly turned the attention to his teammates.

Croatia took an early lead courtesy of a Marcelo own goal, but a brace from Neymar (one of his goals coming from the penalty spot) and a 91st minute goal from Oscar handed Brazil the 3-1 win.

Neymar admits he is happy to have scored a brace on the day and is thankful for the win in the opening match of the tournament, but was quick to praise the efforts of his teammates.

“I’m very happy, really happy,” said Neymar.

“This is more than I even dreamed about and it’s vital to start a tournament like this with a win.

“I’m happy with the two goals, but the whole team deserves a pat on the back because we kept cool and came from behind.

“We’re very strong individually and when we play as a unit we’re very difficult to beat.

“It’s not down to just one, two or three players: it’s the team as a whole that works.”

Despite being just 22 years old, Neymar's brace took him into ninth position in Brazil's all-time goal-scoring charts.

Brazil will play Mexico in their second match on 17 June.

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