Egypt's coach of the Olympic team Hany Ramzy has criticised Brazil star Neymar following the two teams' Group C clash at the Millennium Stadium at the London Games.
The Selecao claimed a 3-2 victory in the opening day of men’s football at the 2012 Olympics, but Pharaohs head coach Ramzy believes that the 20-year-old Santos star is a selfish player.
“I think for sure he’ll make a high living, but I think Neymar needs to play more for the team,” Ramzy told reporters after the game.
“Sometimes I have the feeling that he just plays for himself, just to show himself that he’s a big talent. I think he’s young and he’s going to learn this and he could play more for the team.”
Neymar responded to the coach's comments moments later, saying: "I don't think that's the case. I worked hard for my team, and that's what I want - to help the Selecao win matches."
The Santos man scored Brazil’s third goal as his team raced to a three-goal lead before half-time. But Egypt rallied in the second half with back-to-back goals from Mohamed Aboutrika and Mohamed Salah to put the Brazilians - viewed as the gold-medal favourites alongside Spain - on their heels. And Ramzy praised his side for not throwing in the towel.
“I think after 3-0 everybody was comfortable to win the game," he said. "I think even the Brazilian players thought the game was over. But my players never gave up after half-time."
Brazil will face Belarus next while Egypt take on New Zealand, with both games to be played on July 29.