FIFA World Cup: Neymar Happy to Settle for Substance Over Style

Neymar said Brazil are not playing the World Cup to create a spectacle and asserted that the hosts are keen to win, no matter how ugly they might end up looking on the field.

updated: July 03, 2014 13:39 IST
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Neymar does not mind playing ugly as long as Brazil are winning.

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Teresopolis: Neymar on Wednesday insisted that he is happy for Brazil to win ugly as long as it gets them past Colombia in Friday's World Cup quarterfinal in Fortaleza.

The occasional moment of genius from Neymar aside, Brazil have rarely sparkled at these finals but they remain in contention to win the title after last weekend's agonising victory on penalties against Chile in the last 16.

"You can't always enjoy yourself and win 4-0 or 5-0. Football nowadays is so difficult, so even, that the team who is most committed on the pitch ends up winning," the Barcelona forward told a press conference at the Brazil team's base in Teresopolis.

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