Mano refuses to blame Neymar as Brazil lose to Mexico
Brazil coach Mano Menezes refused to blame Neymar for his side's 2-0 defeat to Mexico, despite the forward attracting criticism in the Brazilian media for his performance.
Neymar, 20, found himself marked out the game by Mexico defender Severo Meza and at one point lost his cool with his opponent, following some overly-physical challengers.
"We don't talk about individual performances. When you lose, everybody loses. When you win, everybody wins," Menezes said post-match.
"These incidents happen in games. Attackers do not like close marking and sometimes get irritate, but these games serve as a lesson.
"We talked about this in Brazil: spaces are less and you need to move the ball faster. Only when we face situations like this, will we mature."