Moscow: As Brazil ahead Neymar broke down and wept uncontrollably on the pitch on the finish of his crew’s hard-fought 2-Zero win over Costa Rica on Friday, it was exhausting to not be moved by his response.
For the second World Cup in a row, the 26-year-old is carrying the hopes of 200 million countrymen on his shoulders and his emotional outburst confirmed how a lot the win meant to him, and the extent of stress he’s underneath. Equally, it was simply as exhausting to not be infuriated by his behaviour through the Group E match the place Brazil needed to wait till stoppage time earlier than breaking down the cussed Central American defence, with Neymar himself scoring the second objective.
All through the sport, Neymar collapsed to the bottom on the slightest contact from an opponent and complained consistently to referee Bjorn Kuipers. At one level, the Dutch official made a “keep quiet” signal earlier than he finally misplaced endurance and booked Neymar when the Brazilian threw the ball down in disgust at a yet one more determination he didn’t agree with.
Minutes earlier than the yellow card, Neymar thought he received a penalty when he fell over backwards theatrically after a slight contact from Giancarlo Gonzalez. However, after an exemplary use of the video assistant referee (VAR) system, the referee determined that the contact didn’t advantage Neymar’s tumble and altered his thoughts. Exasperatingly, if Neymar had stayed on his toes, he might need had a transparent capturing probability.
It’s a trait that has marked his profession, probably influenced by an incident in 2010 when he was nonetheless taking part in in Brazilian membership soccer with Santos. After publicly remonstrating with coach Dorival Junior, who refused to permit him to take a penalty in a Brazilian championship match, Neymar was dropped from the crew. However, as an alternative of backing the coach, the membership fired him and the 18-year-old participant was rapidly reinstated.
Equally, Neymar turned used to Brazilian referees giving him a free kick for each minor contact and fall. Nonetheless, with World Cup officers much less prone to indulge Neymar, there’s a danger that he could develop into his personal worst enemy. He usually wastes good attacking probabilities by selecting to take a tumble as an alternative and, at an important stage through the second half, his behaviour had a contagious impact and his crew mates turned distracted by all of the fuss he created.
Brazil’s earlier two World Cup coaches, Dunga and Luiz Felipe Scolari, had an inclination to guide and encourage protests towards referees however the present incumbent Tite is a a lot calmer presence and it’s stunning he has not tried to curb Neymar’s excesses. Neymar has proven how essential the World Cup is to him and, to his credit score, he by no means gave up on Friday, even when the ball refused to go in. Howver, Brazil’s final World Cup marketing campaign ended with a collective psychological blackout of their 7-1 semi-final defeat to Germany and there are already indicators that their temperament could price them once more.