Neymar: Provocation only motivates me

The 21-year-old was the victim of several strong tackles on Tuesday night but says he will not let it affect his game
Brazil international Neymar has revealed he is motivated by the sort of provocation he was subjected to in the 3-1 friendly win over Portugal on Tuesday.

The former Santos star was on the receiving end of a number of harsh tackles from the Portuguese defence, but still set up the equaliser and scored a stunning goal himself in a man-of-the-match performance.

"I have a bit of pain right now, but that will go away again in a bit," Neymar told reporters after the game.

"I saw a video of players trying to taunt me and showed it to Thiago Silva. I usually don't react to any provocations. These bad tackles are actually a good thing and motivate me and my team-mates."

The 21-year-old then went on to voice his satisfaction with Brazil's performance against Portugal.

"Brazil against Portugal was a great spectacle, it’s always a show. Portugal are always a strong team that plays hard.

"I’m happy with the team’s performance. We were able to play good football."