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World Cup 2018: I’m a Brazilian and I don’t give up, says Neymar

first_imgNeymar dazzled for Brazil as they qualified for the quarter-finals with a 2-0 win over Mexico in the Round of 16 match of World Cup 2018 on Monday.The PSG forward scored one goal and made an assist as the five-time champions reached the last eight of the tournament for the seventh consecutive time.The Brazilian star was under considerable amount of pressure going into the match after other contemporaries like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi failed to inspire Portugal and Argentina respectively to reach the quarter-finals.After the match, 26-year-old said he was happy to find his form back.”I’m here to win. I hope I can improve always. I knew that I was going to need some pace to get back to my normal tempo. I feel much better. I’m happy for the whole team and I congratulate my whole team and were always improving,” said Neymar.Mexico vs Brazil: REPORT | HIGHLIGHTSBrazil could have registered a win by a bigger margin against Mexico but goalkeeper Ochoa’s inspired performance ensured that the North Americans didn’t concede more than two goals.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGENeymar praised Ochoa for his performance but stressed that it’s in his DNA to not “give up.””He’s a great goalkeeper (Ochoa). Everybody knows about Ochoa’s qualities. Congratulations to him on a great match. I don’t give up. I’m a Brazilian. It was a goal made of perception of will and being connected to the game and pushing the ball forward,” Neymar added.Apart from Neymar, Willian also shined for Brazil in the match as his pace regularly troubled the Mexican defenders. The Chelsea midfielder also made the assist for Neymar’s goal.advertisementMexico’s last 16 jinx at World Cup continues: Stats and factsBrazil coach Tite heaped praise on Willian for his contribution to the win.”Willian always delivers beautifully. Willian has a lot of work to do tactically speaking he does a lot. In the second half, he shined technically. Hes been delivering what we like,” Tite said.Tite added that the strength of the Brazilian side is its perfect balance.”I expected to repeat the standard of the previous match and if possible, grow. And that happened. And that does not just go for the starting XI, but also the substitutes. I consider the strongest characteristic of our team as balance,” Tite added.While Mexico crashed out of the World Cup, coach Jaun Carlos Osorio said they can return home with their heads held high.”Being able to play at such a level with a team like Brazil, it shows Mexico is a good team. We just didn’t have that extra quality they had in front of goal,” Osorio said.”We were able to play a balanced game and it says a lot about us and our style. We need to keep developing and we hope our players will come and play in Europe so they can play every weekend against the best clubs in the world, and then our national team will improve.”last_img read more