James Rodriguez and Neymar.

What James Rodriguez and Neymar said to each other during Colombia 1-1 Brazil

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Brazil have already booked their place at next year’s World Cup in Russia so there’s no need to be concerned by the recent 1-1 draw against Colombia, which ended a run of nine straight qualifying victories.

Willian opened the scoring for Brazil in Tuesday’s match but Radamel Falcao’s equaliser ensured both nations shared a point.

Despite failing to win, Brazil boss Tite admitted he was more pleased with his team’s display against Colombia than he was with his side’s performance in last week’s 2-0 win over Ecuador.

"I was more pleased with the consistency of this game than the last against Ecuador," Tite said, per ESPN. "Today we maintained a standard of performance that gives consistency to the team.

“The resulting draw was just. But if there was a winner, it would be Brazil because of the chances created.”

One moment that attracted attention came when Neymar and James Rodriguez held a conversation with each other towards the end of the contest.

They both seemed extremely cordial, with James placing an arm around the Neymar before the Paris Saint-Germain star reciprocated the gesture.

James and Neymar were discussing the heat

Temperatues reached 37°C at the Metropolitano Roberto Melendez stadium and James asked Neymar why he was running about so much.

“I said to him ‘Hey! Why are you still running so much?,’” the Bayern Munich midfielder said, per Sport.

Neymar responded by saying: “Yes, yes, I’m dead already.”

James added that he’s always got on well with the Brazilian forward, despite their frequent battles for Real Madrid and Barcelona.


Neymar and Willian both admitted that they struggled with the heat after the draw.

“I think they put an oven inside,” Neymar, the world’s most expensive player, said. “It was very hot but we managed to withstand the problems in the games.”

His teammate Willian added: “It's been a while since I've played at this time in a hot place like Colombia.

"We play in Europe at this time, but it's very different. It's very hot here. In Europe it gets cold, and more calm.”

Brazil have looked mightily impressive in South American qualifying, winning 11 of their 16 matches and losing just once.

Next year will mark the 16th anniversary of their last World Cup triumph but the Selecao will certainly be among the favourites to succeed in Russia.

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