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A week to forget for Neymar

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As far as weeks go for one of world football's most prodigious young talents, it's not been a particularly good few days for Neymar.

Last Wednesday, the Santos star ballooned a penalty so far over the bar in Brazil's 1-1 friendly draw with Colombia, that it has been touted as one of the worst spot-kick misses in recent history.

Despite scoring the goal in Brazil's 1000th international, Neymar's failure from 12-yards means that the landmark fixture will not be remembered as fondly as he would of perhaps liked.

On his return to domestic action on Saturday night, Neymar played in Santos' 2-0 win over Figueirense, but his evening was once again spoiled by a booking he received midway through the second-half.

Receiving the ball on the left wing, the tricky 20-year-old flicked the ball delicately over a defender's head before bearing down on the Figueirense goal.


Met by Americo on the edge of the box, Neymar appears to go down very easily, clutching his knee before being shown a yellow card, meaning he will be suspended for next week's clash against Corinthians.

"He took me out of an important game," reacted the South American, angrily. "I didn't ask for a penalty, I just got pushed over and it hurt. You must have common sense in these situations."


Watch the video above and judge for yourself whether Neymar dived in an attempt to win a penalty…

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