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Neymar leaves World Cup unscathed by dreadful loss
Among few unscathed by dreadful World Cup loss, Neymar to continue carrying Brazil's hopes
By TALES AZZONI
Associated Press
2014-07-11 03:01 AM

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) -- Neymar will be leaving the World Cup with his image untarnished by Brazil's disastrous loss to Germany, widely seen as the player in charge of helping the nation recover from the historic home defeat.

Neymar's first World Cup ended in disappointment when he was carried off the field on a stretcher with a fractured vertebra.

He was recovering at home when Brazil self-destructed in the 7-1 loss to Germany in the semifinals, avoiding any attacks from critics ready to question his potential for greatness.

While Brazil's national team will remain discredited for some time, Neymar's World Cup will be remembered mostly for his good performances until the back injury prematurely ended his tournament.

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