Neymar has dismissed suggestions he was targeted for particularly rough treatment by South Korea during Brazil’s 2-0 victory in Seoul.
The Barcelona star was the victim of 12 fouls during his side’s triumph at the Word Cup Stadium and is the joint most-fouled player in La Liga since making the switch from Santos in the summer.
But the Selecao star, who gave Luiz Felipe Scolari’s side the lead with an expertly-dispatched free-kick in the first half, says close attention from defenders is no problem for him.
"It has become routine,” he said. “It's something I carry with me. But it's okay because it's just part of the game.”
The 21-year-old found the net for the third straight game and went on to praise his team-mates for their performance.
"I would like to congratulate my team-mates for overcoming this game,” he said.
“Everyone who entered during the match played very well."
South Korea’s Lee Chung-Yong praised the efforts of the Brazilian and admitted his regret at his side’s inability to find a way through a strong Selecao defence.
“Defensively, we did well against world class team,” said the Bolton man.
“But in attack we were disappointing. I made some mistakes and could not make any breakthrough.
“But the South Korean players have to help each other and work to make up the difference as a team. That is how we will be able to compete at the World Cup.”