Sao Paulo: He is small of stature and slight of build, but Neymar showed he could carry the hopes of a troubled nation with an electrifying performance in Brazil's World Cup opener. (Match Highlights | Full report | Match pics)
With pressure piled on his young shoulders, it would have been easy for Neymar to crumble but instead the 22-year-old seized the moment with two goals in the 3-1 win over Croatia. (In pics: Brazil fans don't care! Celebrate win with fervour)
Helped by a large slice of luck, Neymar's dragged shot in the first half trundled in off the Croatian post, before he struck an awful penalty that somehow Stipe Pletikosa failed to keep out.