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Tunisia tried to rule Neymar out of World Cup, Brazil manager claims

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The Selecao thrashed Tunisia in a highly physical game, with Neymar being on the wrong end of several tough challenges.

Brazil manager Tite has criticized Tunisia for trying to ‘take Neymar out of the World Cup’ during a friendly game on Tuesday.

The Selecao defeated their opponents 5-1 in a controversial friendly match. Brazil’s Richarlison encountered a racist incident while a number of tough physical challenges occurred between the two teams.

“On the pitch we knew it would be competitive,” Tite said, via Marca.

“Fair, but I didn’t imagine a situation like what happened with Neymar, which was an attempt to take a player out of the World Cup. The way it was done…I couldn’t have imagined it.”

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Neymar converted a penalty for Brazil’s third goal as he continued his fantastic form ahead of World Cup.

The Paris Saint-Germain star also aimed a dig at Tunisia for taking the game too seriously.

“It worries me, to be honest. I’ve even spoken to Tite. I made a foul, my first one, and I got a yellow card. In the second half I was fouled, cutting off a counter attack and he didn’t get a yellow. It’s difficult,” he said.

“I don’t understand these things. The World Cup started with this match [laughs]. The Tunisian players went a bit overboard with the fans, who were crazy. They had a great party, but they overdid it a little bit with their forcefulness.”