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Provocation motivates me: Neymar

The former Santos star was on the receiving end of a number of harsh tackles from the Portuguese defence, but still set up the equaliser and scored a stunning goal himself in a man-of-the-match performance.

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Not afraid: Neymar celebrates after his goal against Portugal during an international friendly at the Gillette Stadium in Foxboro. Pic/AFP

“I have a bit of pain right now, but that will go away again in a bit,” Neymar told reporters after the game. “I saw a video of players trying to taunt me and showed it to Thiago Silva. I usually don’t react to any provocations. These bad tackles are actually a good thing and motivate me and my teammates.”

The 21-year-old then went on to voice his satisfaction with Brazil’s performance against Portugal. “Brazil against Portugal was a great spectacle, it’s always a show. Portugal are always a strong team that plays hard. I’m happy with the team’s performance. We were able to play good football.”

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