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Neymar ready to fire vs Colombia

Miami: It will be easier said than done, but Brazil would attempt to put their World Cup humiliation behind them when they start life under new coach Dunga, in a friendly against Colombia, in Miami on Friday.

Barely two months after their shocking 1-7 defeat to Germany in the semi-finals of the tournament they hosted, there is a new look to the Selecao with Dunga, in his second spell in charge, hoping that fresh faces will be less affected by July’s traumatic exit.

Judging from the mood on Thursday at the team’s plush hotel on Brickell Key near downtown Miami, the coach’s message of not dwelling on the past has been embraced.

If Neymar’s latest piece of sensational skill is anything to go by, the Brazilian star is ready to dazzle the crowd. As his team-mates took a breather in the Miami heat, the Barcelona forward was busy putting his ball skills to the test as he pulled off a brilliant backheel kick-up.

“Dunga told all of us that we have to hold our heads up, put the past behind us, show our ability and that we deserve to be national team players,” midfielder Oscar said.

Indeed, there was a relaxed look about the team as they chatted with reporters even though Friday’s opponents, a Colombia team out to avenge their 1-2 loss to Brazil in the World Cup quarter-finals, are stern oppositions.

Striker Radamel Falcao, who moved on Monday to Manchester United from Monaco, is back in the Colombia side after missing the World Cup through injury and will team up again with one of the success stories of the tournament, James Rodriguez. (Agencies)