The Maracana is currently serving as Neymar’s stage as Brazil take on Germany in the Olympic gold medal match.
The Barcelona star opened the scoring with a brilliant free-kick from distance and his goal seemed to increase Neymar’s confidence - not that it needed boosting.
The 24-year-old came incredibly close to embarrassing Germany further when he attempted a rainbow flick. Unfortunately, it didn’t come off.
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It would be easy for Neymar to succumb to the pressure of being Brazil’s leading man but he seems to revel in it. The tricks come out and he becomes an even bigger delight to watch.
Having missed out on Brazil’s 7-1 defeat to Germany at the 2014 World Cup through a back injury. Neymar is clearly desperate to set the record straight by winning a gold medal.
But it hasn’t gone all his way. Max Meyer scored a deserved equaliser for Germany after the restart, silencing the Maracana in quite dramatic fashion.
No doubt those Brazilians inside the stadium will be hoping Neymar can reawaken it again.
The former Santos man has lived up to his repuation with four goals in the Olympic tournament and it’s clear that representing his country means a lot to him.
It’s for this reason that Barcelona will be desperate to see Neymar pick up a gold medal. Defeat would probably take him some time to recover, which isn’t ideal considering Barcelona have kicked off their La Liga campaign.
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