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Neymar focused on team fortunes

12 June 2014 01:13

Brazilian forward Neymar said he is not concerned about starring at the 2014 World Cup on home soil.

The Barcelona 22-year-old has expectations heaped on him to lead the hosts through their Group A campaign against Croatia, Cameroon and Mexico, and onto greater heights.

But the former Santos man said he is unconcerned about his personal performance, choosing to focus on team glory.

"I don't want to be the best player, nor the top scorer of World Cup. The only thing I dream of is winning the World Cup itself," Neymar said, on the eve of their tournament-opening clash with Croatia in Sao Paulo on Thursday.

"I am ready to help my team-mates, not just play for myself. We are 11 players and everyone knows what their role is.

"World Cup games can be decided by small details. We are preparing our best so that nothing goes wrong."

Two former Brazil prodigies inspire the latest excitement machine to represent the football-mad nation.

"Romário and Ronaldo are my two inspirations to play this World Cup," Neymar said.

Neymar is set to collect his 50th cap when he lines up against Niko Kovac's Croatia, and he is hoping to avoid incurring contact injuries from their European opponents.

"The referees should protect us players (from) violence. We cannot play every match with the risk of getting kicked," he said.

He added, on Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari: "Playing for Scolari is an honour. I've always thought that he was a winner."

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3 - 1

Competition
World Cup
Date
12 June 2014
Game week
1
Kick-off
22:00
Half-time
1 - 1
Full-time
3 - 1

Goals

0 - 1
11' Marcelo (OG)
Neymar 29'
(assist by Oscar) 
1 - 1
Neymar (PG) 71'  
2 - 1
Oscar 90'+1
(assist by Ramires) 
3 - 1

Lineups

# Player Bookings
12
2
3
4
6 11'
17 88'
8
11 90+1'
9
7
10 27' 29' 71'
Coach: Luiz Felipe Scolari

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
18
20
16
1
5
13
14
15
19
21
22
23

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