Brasilia, Brazil: Neymar has urged his Brazil teammates to rescue some of their battered pride after their humiliating World Cup semifinal defeat to Germany by beating the Netherlands in Saturday's third-place play-off in Brasilia. (Also read: Neymar breaks down in tears)
It is the one game that no team ever wants to take part in, but the encounter at the Mane Garrincha National Stadium took on extra significance after the hosts' dream of lifting the trophy at the Maracana 24 hours later was ended by their record 7-1 loss against the Germans.
Neymar missed that match after fracturing a bone in his back in the quarterfinal win against Colombia, but the 22-year-old superstar faced the media on Thursday as he called for Brazil to bow out on a high. (Also read: Neymar's agent calls Scolari 'old jerk')