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Neymar upset at lack of support

8 September 2012 10:22

Neymar has criticised the Brazilian fans for their lack of support during the team's narrow 1-0 win over South Africa on Friday.

Zenit St Petersburg star Hulk, who netted the only goal of the game, had already stated that the supporters' critical attitude weighed Brazil down, and Neymar has now also voiced his dismay with the events during the friendly victory.

"We all know that we did not put in a great performance, but we still managed to win the game. I was very disappointed that the fans were booing us," Neymar said.

"I do not ask the fans to like me, but I ask them to cheer for the national team."

The Santos attacker feels that the fans' critical attitude inside the Estadio Cicero Pompeu de Toledo was partially down to the presence of large groups of supporters from rival teams.

"I do not know the exact reason behind the fans' behaviour, but it might have something to do with the presence of Palmeiras, Corinthians and Sao Paulo supporters in the crowd," he said.

"But I repeat, they should be supporting the team rather than booing players from rival teams."

Brazil's next match is an international friendly versus China on Monday.

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1 - 0

Competition
Friendlies
Date
7 September 2012
Kick-off
21:00
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
1 - 0

Goals

Hulk 74'  
1 - 0

Lineups

Substitutes

Player Bookings
74' 90+4'

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