Neymar turned Saudi Arabia fans' jeers into cheers during 2-0 win for Brazil

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Neymar was once again the star for Brazil as they beat Saudi Arabia 2-0 on Friday.

Goals from Gabriel Jesus and Alex Sandro were both assisted by the Paris Saint-Germain winger to secure an easy victory for the Seleção.

Saudi also had a man sent off in the 85th minute, but Brazil were winning 2-0 at this point with the game dead and buried.

Speaking after the game, captain Neymar admitted Brazil weren't at their best but did the business with a "consistent" display.

"We didn't produce a great performance, but we were consistent," said the 26-year-old.

"There are even games in the World Cup that have to be like this - you do not present great football, but you end up winning.

"We know of our potential. There are many changes, there is a little more understanding in the field.


Neymar was also pleased to have assisted Jesus, whose recent goal drought and poor showing at the World Cup saw him come under heavy scrutiny.

"I was very happy to have assisted Gabriel Jesus," he added. "I think there was an unfair criticism on him [at the World Cup], for all the work he did for us, for everything he asked for.


"In my view, they did a very great injustice with him. I was much happier that he scored a goal than if I had five."

Saudi fans jeered Neymar throughout the game at the King Saud University Stadium, but in the 96th minute, moments before Sandro's goal, he got the crowd on his side.

Neymar responded to the whistling by applauding the home fans, who quickly changed their tune and started cheering and clapping. Check it out below.

"Kill them with kindness" indeed. Clearly the Saudi fans just wanted some attention from Brazil's star man and he reacted in the best way possible, rather than just ignoring them.

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