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Neymar 'aged many years' with winning penalty

The youngster converted coolly to help Brazil triumph over Chile, but says that he felt plenty of pressure.

Neymar says he aged a few years because of the pressure and anguish of taking Brazil's decisive spot kick in the penalty shootout victory over Chile.

The game had finished 1-1, with Alexis Sanchez’s first-half strike canceling out David Luiz’s earlier effort. By the time Neymar stepped up to take Brazil’s fifth penalty, both sides had missed two and scored two.

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The 22-year-old converted his successfully before Gonzalo Jara's miss secured the win for Brazil, and Neymar says he felt the pressure as he took the long walk from the center circle to the penalty spot.

“It was like traveling 5 kilometers,” Neymar told Mundo Deportivo. "[The penalty was like] I had aged many years. It was an age before hitting the penalty and now I am many years older."
 

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