Thiago Silva 'saddened' by Neymar outburst

Neymar opened his World Cup account against Costa Rica, but his captain was not impressed with his behaviour in the closing stages.

Brazil striker Neymar   -  Getty Images

Thiago Silva admits he was "saddened" by Neymar's outburst at him during Brazil's 2-0 World Cup win over Costa Rica on Friday.

Neymar had an incident-filled outing, seeing a penalty overturned by a VAR review before scoring the second of his side’s stoppage-time goals after Philippe Coutinho had broken the deadlock.

Following the game, the superstar forward was seen in tears with his head in his hands as his team-mates celebrated a crucial Group E victory in St Petersburg.

Before Coutinho's breakthrough, the 26-year-old had lambasted Silva for returning the ball to Costa Rica in an act of fair play, much to the disappointment of his Paris Saint-Germain team-mate.

"I was saddened by his behaviour," Silva said.

"By the time I returned the ball, he insulted me. But I think I was right, because they were trying to save time.

"I returned the ball because it was not this ball that was going to win us the game.

"I am serene about this and I was sad about his behaviour towards me."

Brazil now just needs a point from its final group game against Serbia to qualify for the last 16.

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