Neymar admits he suffered after Brazil's World Cup exit

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Neymar admits he suffered because of Brazil’s World Cup disappointment in Russia but feels a return to action has helped him and the team move on.

The South Americans lost to Belgium in the quarter-finals but a return to action saw them follow up a 2-0 win over the United States 2-0 with a 5-0 rout of El Salvador.

Neymar scored in both games and feels things are back on track.

“We think we value it in a positive way. We suffered at the World Cup, I suffered a lot, so being back to defend the national team is a pride,” he told Brazilian journalists.

“It is an honour to be back winning and making goals and playing with my team-mates as best as possible.

“We leave with our heads held high, I congratulate everyone in the group for the two games we played.

“It was good to see this growth for us all,” said the forward.

Neymar also paid tribute to Everton forward Richarlison, who scored twice on his full debut for the senior side against El Salvador.

“He’s a figure. I congratulate him for the match, for everything he has done, to get here,” he added.

“He is a young boy that has a lot to evolve and I am very happy that he not only scored but also did the pigeon dance (a celebration Richarlison has become associated with) too.”

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Richarlison at the double as Brazil thrash El Salvador

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Richarlison scored twice as Brazil ran riot in a 5-0 friendly win over El Salvador.

The Everton forward was handed his first full debut after coming off the bench against the United States at the weekend and added to Neymar’s early spot-kick, with Philippe Coutinho and Marquinhos also scoring.

Brazil took the lead after just four minutes with Roberto Dominguez bringing down Richarlison and Neymar converting the penalty low to the right of Derby Carrillo.

Richarlison then opened his international account in the 16th minute with an excellent curling effort from the edge of the box.

Coutinho scored from similar range on the half-hour after some excellent passing with Neymar on the left and Brazil went into the break 3-0 up.

Richarlison had his brace five minutes into the second-half, hammering a shot inside the near post after the ball had fallen nicely to him 12 yards out.

Marquinhos then headed home a corner in the 90th minute to complete the rout.

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Marco Asensio pleased with Spain success in Nations League

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Marco Asensio was the star of the show as Luis Enrique’s Spain thrashed Croatia 6-0 in the UEFA Nations League on Tuesday.

The 22-year-old scored one, saw another strike rebound off the crossbar and go in off the goalkeeper and set up three second-half goals to complete a statement victory in Elche.

Speaking after the game, Asensio told Sport: “We’re ending a get-together which went really well in every way and with our fans today we have been loved. It was really good playing here.”

The Real Madrid man has flourished at club level, winning eight trophies, including the Liga title and two Champions Leagues, and has developed into a jewel on the international stage over the past 12 months.

He added: “I am always trying to give my best on the pitch and if I can score goals, all the better. We have played against team that did really well in the World Cup. We saw it as a challenge and these are two important victories.”

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