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Goal of the day: Neymar (Brazil) vs Belarus

Monday, July 30, 2012

A beautiful free-kick from Neymar helped Brazil to a 3-1 come-from-behind victory over Belarus in Group C of the London 2012 Olympics on Sunday.

Brazil striker Neymar shoots a free-kick to score against Belarus
Brazil striker Neymar shoots a free-kick to score against Belarus

Photo: AP

Brazil dominated most of the match in front of more than 66,000 people at Old Trafford, but struggled to get close to the Belarus area.

Renan Bardini Bressan headed Belarus into a surprise eighth-minute lead but Alexandre Pato equalised with a header in the 15th minute after a cross by Neymar.

The second half was a significant improvement for Mano Menezes' men and they finally went ahead in the 64th minute after Neymar was brought down by Stanislav Dragun on the edge of the area.

The Santos forward picked himself off the turf and bent the free-kick over the wall and beyond the reach of diving Belarus keeper Aleksandr Gutor.

And the player widely regarded as the most exciting talent in world football then produced the run and audacious backheel to set up Oscar for Brazil's third goal in injury time.

"It was a perfect game, not for me, but for the whole team," Neymar said after the game.

"I'm glad that I was able to play well again and that I got the goal and the assists."

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