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Neymar’s tears and laughter – and my approach to coping with pressure | Marta

It is clear that the Brazil forward is having to deal with huge expectations but the team need to shut off the outside noise as they prepare to face Mexico

Brazil are entering the business end of the tournament and with that comes added pressure. Our team, of course, who have some of the best players in the world, are used to playing under pressure and that is certainly true for Neymar.

You could see that from the contrasting emotions after the final whistle in the second and the third games. Against Costa Rica he broke down in tears at the end, despite Brazil winning 2-0. Against Serbia, however, after Tite’s team had secured first place in the group, he was laughing and waving to the crowd.

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