Talk about pressure! Neymar stepped up to take penalty number five against Chile with the pendulum having swung back and forward between the two South American nations in an enthralling shootout.
Brazil are under levels of pressure seldom seen in a World Cup, with the spiritual home of football playing host to the biggest tournament the beautiful game has to offer. Neymar – the poster boy for the Selecao – had the weight of the planet on his shoulders as he stepped up with the scores poised at 2-2, but the way he dispatched his spot kick looked so easy, it’s wrong.
The silky attacker ran, then stuttered then gave the goalie the eye before plopping the ball into the bottom left of the net.
His kick put the pressure back on Chile, who could not respond as Gonzalo Jara’s effort hit the post to send Brazil into a state of euphoria.
Thanks to Neymar we don’t have to put those Brazilian BBQs away just yet!